March 14, 2003 |
When Bob Odenkirk learned that Fox was going to produce a pilot of his sitcom idea -- "The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke," about a suburban father who refuses to grow up -- he was briefly elated. Then the dread set in. "I thought, 'Years of stories? I don't know, man,' " said Odenkirk, whose past TV experience includes the satiric "Mr. Show" on HBO. "And somebody from the network said, 'Don't worry, most shows don't make it.'
March 29, 2002 |
When he hears "I usually don't call in to radio shows, but I can't believe what this guy is saying," Phil Hendrie knows he's hooked another one. The caller is incredulous about the moronic or deviant suggestions of the guest on Hendrie's program, whether it's a Catholic priest rationalizing molestation or a columnist saying the elderly should forgo air-conditioning during power shortages so celebrities can keep cool. Often, Hendrie joins the outraged listener in berating the guest.
September 9, 1999 |
* The master of a thousand voices hosts a unique and entertaining talk-radio show on KFI-AM (640) from 7 to 10 on weeknights. Food Wonderful Food: It takes me about 45 minutes to get home to Westlake Village after I sign off at 10 p.m., but my wife, Maria, always stays up to prepare something special. We had a martini picnic one night. Recently I came home and my wife had prepared a Greek meal. I know you think I'm making this up, but it's true.
November 2, 1997
If the TV networks are losing viewers in prime time, perhaps it's due to the nightly genius of Phil Hendrie ("All Mock, All the Time," by Steve Hochman, Oct. 26). His imagination and concentration are amazing, and the nature of his program practically demands that listeners tune in for the entire show. KFI should take pride in the fact that they've hired someone who has re-energized the radio medium. DAWNA KAUFMANN Los Angeles When Hendrie's program comes on, I can't turn him off fast enough!
October 26, 1997 |
The woman calling Phil Hendrie's evening radio program on KFI-AM (640) is furious. Sputtering on the verge of apoplexy, she fumes about Hendrie's guest for this hour, an elderly woman on the phone from Florida calling for a boycott of the Christian group known as the Promise Keepers.
May 28, 1988 |
Rock deejays tend to show more interest in Run DMC than in Ronald Reagan, so the upcoming Moscow summit is the last thing that commuters might have expected to hear about on morning drivetime radio this week. But if they happened to punch up KLSX-FM's (97.1) Phil Hendrie, they would have heard "Just Standing Here Watching the White House Grass Grow," a jaded rap exchange between Mikhail Gorbachev and an addled Reagan, droned to the tune of Bob Dylan's "Watching the River Flow."