LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2013 – Phil Hendrie has elected not to pursue any further association with Talk Radio Network. As he delves deeper into his successful digital platform and ongoing television and film work, Hendrie remains open to terrestrial radio opportunities, but only those with strong sales, marketing and programming support.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 03, 2013
Popular Radio Comedian Says Traditional Radio On Way Out - Blames Low Talent Pay
Phil Hendrie, Los Angeles syndicated talk radio show host ranted Wednesday night on his comedy radio program that radio is on it's way out. Hendrie, who does comedy character voices on his long running show blames radio station management for cheapening radio programming.
Hendrie, a 40-year veteran of talk and entertainment radio, said radio station owners refuse to pay talent fairly and hints that online internet radio will eventually take over as traditional radio broadcasting is left behind.
Hendrie says he makes more money from his internet blog and online downloadable shows than he does from his live on air radio nightly broadcast.
Hendrie has been involved in television and movies for more than a decade and currently appears in the movie, “This Is 40.” Hendrie has also had a recurring role in the TV sitcom “New Girl,” and appeared in the movie “Last Call" Additionally he's done voice work for the animated version of “Napoleon Dynamite.”
He also played the character "Boots" on the ABC-TV hit show “Modern Family"
His first broadcasting job was at WBJW 1440 AM in Winter Park, Fla., a suburb of Orlando from 1973–1975. From 1976 to 1988, Hendrie was a disc jockey (DJ) on AOR-format rock music stations in Utica, NY, New Orleans, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles.
He says he's now "totally divorced" from conventional talk radio and refuses to talk about traditional political topics any longer, calling it "garbage" entertainment, "a garbage can filled with meaningless" political talk. Hendrie says he's never talked to anyone in radio who's impressed him with their political opinions. In the coming year he states he's going to talk about everything other than politics.
"That's the leaf I've turned over," he said Wednesday night. Hendrie claims he's neither conservative nor liberal, but says current radio management tries to "squeeze blood out of a rock" by cutting salaries and programming the formulaic, tea party radio approach.
Radio is 'no longer fun to do and there's no money in it," says Hendrie. "This is no way to run a business. People running the broadcasting business today don't know what they're doing. Either that or they are intentionally robbing talent blind. There's no middle ground."
He cites stations selling program time to high bidders who want to put on syndicated content with virtually no real content.
For the last 6 months portions of many of Hendrie's comic radio shows have been available as free downloads at philhendrieradio.com and are among the most downloaded comedy podcasts at iTunes.
Hendrie’s comedy bits, including characters Jay Santos, Chris Norton, Bobbie Dooley, David G. Hall and Ted Bell are also available on Pandora
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"Talk Radio Network nationally syndicated host Phil Hendrie just wrapped up a stint as one of the voices of Rick & Morty, a new Cartoon Network “Adult Swim” animated show about a “genius inventor grandfather and his less-than-genius grandson.” Pictured at the new show’s “wrap party” above are (l-r): Producer Justin Roiland, Hendrie, and Producer Dan Harmon (creator of the hit TV sitcom 'Community'")
After Jess realizes she’s sort of living with Fancyman, er Russell, she decides that the two of them should spend the weekend at her place.
She asks the guys to be normal when Russell comes over, so naturally his stay was filled with awkward moments.
Winston landed an interview to be a research assistant for a sports radio host played by Phil Hendrie, who turns out to be a huge jerk. Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar works at the radio station, and slides Winston a note that warns him to “get out” and that he “will die” there.
Of course, he gets the job and finds himself getting yelled at by his new boss ... a lot. One of his boss’s demands: Keep his fridge stocked with six milkshakes - “Beyonce-colored, not darker, not lighter” - at all times. That seemed to be the quote of the episode, according to Twitter.
Winston wanted to quit being a research assistant and focus on being a nanny, but Elvin sabotaged him by telling his mom that Winston said he’s going to smoke weed when they go to the park. It was sweet that he wanted Winston to keep his grown-up job.
When Russell first arrived at the loft for the weekend, Nick didn’t hide his infatuation very well ... or at all. He just stared at Russell with googly eyes and ate noodles from his bowl because they’re “bowl brothers.” Nick gets weirder and weirder every week. (I love it!)
After a plumbing fiasco, they decided to play “True American” which is a drinking game mixed with life-sized “Candy Land.” I didn’t really understand the game, but I do know the ground is lava and there's a lot of random yelling involved.
Russell bonds with Winston and Nick after they’re all drunk.
However, Jess gets upset with Russell for spending time with the guys and not wanting to go apple-picking, but she was afraid to say anything because she didn’t want to fight with him.
But when one of Nick's crazy creations ends up stabbing Russell, he heads home and finds Jess waiting for him at his house.
They have a cute little “argument,” during which Jess quotes the Spice Girls, and, in typical "New Girl" fashion, they live happily ever after.
So glad "New Girl" has been picked up for another season! What did you think of last night's episode?