Fans protest no ‘Demento’

The Doctor is out at KLSX-FM, and his fans are just sick about it.

Protestors gathered outside of KLSX’s Los Angeles studios Monday following the station’s decision to take the popular Sunday night program “Dr. Demento” off the air last weekend.

The show’s host, Barry Hansen, blamed the situation on a business dispute between KLSX and the company that syndicates his weekly 22-year-old program to about 200 stations nationwide.

Jeff Leve, president of syndicator On the Radio Broadcasting, declined to elaborate on the squabble, but noted that he is in negotiations with KLSX to keep the show on the station.

The “Dr. Demento” rep is also talking to other “youth-oriented” stations about picking up the program, he said.

Although it is off the air temporarily in Los Angeles, the program continues to be distributed to the other stations. Leve called the syndicated version, which is distributed via compact disc, a “uniquely different show” from the one listeners hear locally.

Hansen said it was frustrating for him when his show couldn’t be heard in L.A. It marked the first time since 1974, when the show originated on KMET-FM, that he missed a week in the market.

Because the syndicated version is edited and pieced together from the KLSX edition, Hansen said he will need to find another studio to continue distributing original material.

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