Comedy radio call-in show
July 5, 2017 10:18 AM   Subscribe

It's a stretch, but Metafilter is surprisingly good at finding things. What was this comedy radio show I heard 15 years ago?

I heard it sometime around 2003, driving late one night in the Midwest. The whole show had a Coast to Coast AM vibe, with talk of aliens and ghosts. Except it was a comedy show, with at least some of the callers being obviously scripted.

What I remember most vividly is a long segment about the song "I Will Survive." A caller called in claiming that the song had a backmasked message in it calling on women to violently rise up against men. He talked about his girlfriend hearing it at a wedding and dancing with a knife, pretending to stab him with it. The whole segment had really clever editing, where they'd use little blips of the song to transition between callers.

I know it sounds a lot like Scharpling and Wurster, but I'm 95% sure it wasn't them. I was nowhere near New York and I'm pretty sure it was an AM station. But also, it had a bit more of a Midwest-ey tone to it. It had that same rhythm, though, where the host is the straight man and the caller just keeps escalating the story into ridiculousness.
posted by roll truck roll to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sounds a lot like classic Phil Hendrie to me. Although I don't remember that set-up specifically, he has has definitely done a couple shows leveraging I Will Survive.
posted by quarterframer at 10:27 AM on July 5, 2017 [3 favorites]

Sounds like this Phil Hendrie show in particular!
posted by sagc at 10:33 AM on July 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

Wow! Yeah, that's got to be it. Thanks.
posted by roll truck roll at 10:49 AM on July 5, 2017

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