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Dr. Demento

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Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the stage name of Barret Hansen [1], who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. He created the persona in 1970 while working at Los Angeles station KPPC-FM. Legend has it, after Hansen played "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvus on the radio, someone said that he had to be demented to play that. Thereafter, the name stuck. His weekly show went into syndication in 1974 and is still on the air as of 2006. He has also released many compilations of music featured on his show on vinyl records, audio tape cassettes, and compact discs.


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