Dr. Demento

1941 - Today

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Barret Eugene "Barry" Hansen (born April 2, 1941), known professionally as Dr. Demento, is an American radio broadcaster and record collector specializing in novelty songs, comedy, and strange or unusual recordings dating from the early days of phonograph records to the present. Hansen created the Demento persona in 1970 while working at Los Angeles station KPPC-FM. He played "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvus on the radio, and DJ "The Obscene" Steven Clean said that Hansen had to be "demented" to play it, and the name stuck. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dr. Demento has received more than 844,803 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Dr. Demento is the 96th most popular presenter (down from 82nd in 2019), the 13,766th most popular biography from United States and the 57th most popular American Presenter.

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  • 15

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  • 3.69

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Among presenters, Dr. Demento ranks 96 out of 109Before him are Gavin McInnes, Maria Menounos, Meredith Vieira, Rod Roddy, Andy Cohen, and Sam Berns. After him are Ann Curry, Alice Tumler, Mike Rowe, Erik Solbakken, Adam Carolla, and Karl Pilkington.

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Among people born in 1941, Dr. Demento ranks 476Before him are Ted Strickland, Dorothy Hyman, Asko Parpola, Brian Holland, Christine Truman, and Menzies Campbell.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dr. Demento ranks 13,766 out of 15,968Before him are Garrett Clayton (1991), Jim Parrack (1981), Matt Sydal (1983), Jack Dylan Grazer (2003), S. Scott Bullock (1956), and Cody Cameron (1970). After him are P. J. Brown (1969), Jasmine Tookes (1991), Ali Wong (1982), Jeremy London (1972), Stefanie Scott (1996), and Gerald Henderson (1956).

Among PRESENTERS In United States

Among presenters born in United States, Dr. Demento ranks 57Before him are Rachel Maddow (1973), Maria Menounos (1978), Meredith Vieira (1953), Rod Roddy (1937), Andy Cohen (1968), and Sam Berns (1996). After him are Mike Rowe (1962), Adam Carolla (1964), Kayleigh McEnany (1988), Keith Olbermann (1959), Erin Andrews (1978), and Erin Burnett (1976).