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Mediabistro Interview: Phil Hendrie

For the briefest of moments before my recent chat with radio mimic extraordinaire Phil Hendrie, I was tempted to ask him to do portion of our Mediabistro “So What Do You Do?” interview as a fictitious character. Say, maybe, a disgruntled unemployed AM radio vet bitching about guys like Phil Hendrie taking away all the good jobs.

The truth is, Hendrie has always worked very hard for his success. This fall, at age 61 with stepson Alex Cohen at his side, he’s got the sleeves rolled up for another run at U.S. syndication bragging rights with his modified version of The Phil Hendrie Show. From our Q&A:

“If you want to be real honest, the radio show is a billboard for the digital business. My [website] subscription business makes really good money. The radio show right now, and for the last six years, has not.

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Phil Hendrie Bobbie Dooley Podcast Off to a Roaring Start

The name of Phil Hendrie’s latest hilarious enterprise sounds a lot like the sort of New York City nightclub Stefon might rave about on Weekend Update. It’s called Mmm Hmmm and really rolls off the tongue when Hendrie, as female alter ego Bobbie Dooley, pronounces those words.

The weekly podcast launched February 15 on the Sideshow Network, home of the Bravo-focused Watch What Crappens, George Lopez‘s Tell Me Your Story and more. The first episode with Patricia Arquette got 15,000 downloads in three days and the show continues today with Jay Mohr.

Other guests so far have been Joel McHale (like Mohr, a two-parter) and Sugar Ray Leonard. During the McHale interview, Dooley asked the Community and Talk Soup actor what advice he might give Hendrie about finally getting a TV pilot picked up. The pair quickly came up with a new pitch for Les Moonves involving Hendrie and McHale as cops who solve crimes committed by the latter’s character. “It writes itself,” McHale raved.

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Phil Hendrie Rants About the Decline of Traditional Radio

Man-of-many-voices Phil Hendrie took a break from the impersonations on Wednesday’s edition of his nationally syndicated radio show to complain about the state of his industry. Among those listening was South Florida blogger Don Browne.

From Browne’s report:

The Los Angeles syndicated talk radio show host ranted that radio is on it’s way out. Hendrie blames radio station management for cheapening radio programming. He 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 make more money from his Internet blog and online downloadable shows than he does from his live on air radio nightly broadcast.

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San Francisco Media Blogger Rich Lieberman Moves Up to a Prime Time Radio Slot

This is about as rapid a rise through the radio ranks as we have encountered in quite some time. Made all the more remarkable because it took place during the usually quiet Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

Just six weekends into his Saturday-Sunday KSCO AM 1080/KOMY AM 1340 weekend talk show Lieberman Live, San Francisco media blogger Rich Lieberman is shifting to weekday afternoons (1 p.m.-4 p.m. PT). There will be no programs this coming weekend as he prepares to launch the new, expanded KOMY version of The Rich Lieberman Show January 7.

“We really hit a home run with the program,” Lieberman tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “People reacted so strongly to the content and guests like Patrick Warburton and ex-San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, that the owner of KOMY, Michael Zwerling, decided to go ahead and make me a part of the station’s weekday schedule.”

“No one is being replaced,” he continues. “They’re just moving some stuff around to accommodate me and will continue to feature syndicated people like Rush Limbaugh, Phil Hendrie and Alan Colms.”

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Phil Hendrie to End His Saturday Night KFI Show

Talk show host Phil Hendrie has decided to end his 7-10 p.m. Saturday show at KFI. His final show will be tomorrow night. Hendrie cites his hectic schedule–he does five nationally syndicated shows a week for Talk Radio Network–as the reason for his KFI exit.

“[D]oing a show like mine six days a week is murder,” Hendrie told the Orange County Register. “With the acting work cranking up and my obligation to TRN, something had to give.”

Bryan Suits will move from afternoon to night to fill Hendrie’s spot.

Schizophrenic Radio Host Phil Hendrie Masters the Web

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, no amount of praise for LA radio host Phil Hendrie is too much. His wacky cavalcade of characters is a supremely entertaining 21st century echo of everything from San Francisco’s Firesign Theater to UK’s The Goon Show.

The latest journalist to chime in with a Hendrie huzzah is OC Register radio beat columnist Gary Lycan. In the spring LA Arbitron ratings, Hendrie’s KTLK 1150 AM weeknight show (with Saturday nights companion broadcast on KFI 640 AM) is the number one spoken word program among listeners ages 12 through 54. But it’s what Hendrie has done with his website in recent years that’s truly impressive:

Hendrie took matters into his own hands with his website. He’s doing podcasts, videocasts, webisodes, and making available his archived shows – all for a subscription fee. “I am exploiting new media, not relying on radio. It’s financially more profitable because people are paying me money. I am doing a better job selling “The Phil Hendrie Show” than anything Mel Karmazin (Sirius XM) has done.”

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