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Doctor Demento online
Who remembers Doctor Demento?

But who has heard him in years?

Finally, about ten years after he should have done it, The Doctor Demento Show is available online.

Somebody there still doesn't quite "get it".

  1. Downloading an episode costs two bucks. I can forgive that, but the mechanism is awkward and annoying. You have to hit a button, get redirected to Paypal, pay the money, and then they email you a link, and id, and a password, to download an m3u file. Awkward, roundabout, annoying, and you have to do this per episode. You cant select a bunch of episodes and pay and get them all at once.
  2. It's not a podcast. It doesn't have the podcast XML. While I know how to hack a m3u file to download the content (Under linux, the command is wget -i filename.m3u), Joe Windows User and Jane Mac User will have a harder time being able to put it on the music player.
  3. The archives got back only to when the online download service started, the last week of November. They should be working to get his deep archives online, all the way back to the beginning. Put up a wiki, have volunteers put together a database of playlists, guests, premiers, commericials, and transcripts.

The audio show that could have been and should have been the shining example of the `net routing around old media distributors, and coulda and shoulda been the first big crossover to the `net, still is stuck in 1994.
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jenkitty From: jenkitty Date: December 12th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is odd indeed, and not nearly so edgy and forward-thinking as I would expect from the good Doctor. Even NPR is doing better than that.
beamjockey From: beamjockey Date: December 12th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who remembers Doctor Demento?

We've met a couple of times, and we had dinner once. Walking encyclopedia of American music.
jatg From: jatg Date: December 12th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
In other news...is that a Phil Foglio drawing for your icon?
beamjockey From: beamjockey Date: December 12th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's Bill Heterodyne in his first appearance, back in 1987. As you can see in today's installment, he is no longer drawn to resemble me very closely.

But I was present for the Secret Origins of the Heterodyne Boys, in a bookstore full of ancient boys' adventure novels where Phil and I were browsing.
memegarden From: memegarden Date: December 12th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
My. How very stupid. I hope they get sensible.

Yahoo Music is a very good deal and extremely fast and convenient. They don't carry everything, but I've been surprised by things they do have.
paraventur From: paraventur Date: December 14th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
About 2 years ago or so there was much more up on the site. There were links to most of the songs from the play lists and you could download the songs (for free). The idea that they were for private downloading - one or two or so at a time - but what happened was that people were doing mass downloads of everything, so they shut it down.
mauser From: mauser Date: December 17th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
So, after you cut out all the gum commercials, doesn't that amount to about 5 minutes of program?

Haven't heard DD in a very long time.

BTW, got your card the other day, and I was suddenly struck by your resemblence to Zed from Day by Day.
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