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Episode 393 - Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie has been behind a microphone for forty years. Marc invites the radio iconoclast to share the microphones at The Cat Ranch as they discuss the changing nature of radio, the future of podcasting, Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and the secrets behind the on-air magic tricks Phil uses to create his show. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, LegalZoom and Audible

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  • 9 Comments


smitty May 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm


“efeminine” heart ? ...holy neologism…

Luke Wronski May 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm


Hey Marc.  Not sure if you read these things or not.  But anyway, you mentioned Sam Lipsyte in an episode a few weeks ago and I just wanted to send a huge thanks your way for that.  He’s seriously amazing and I had never heard of him.  Your “no one’s funnier than Sam Lipsyte” appraisal was spot on.  Thanks again.  Just finished Home Land, reading Attempting Normal right now.  Great so far.

CAA May 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm


I’ve enjoyed so many of the latest podcasts—Billy Bragg and John Fogerty are heroes to me, too—but I didn’t know Phil at all. What I loved about this was that I not only was introduced to such an interesting character(s), but that it addressed so many issues about radio for me, a guy whose childhood was informed by WLS and its ‘70s guys like Larry Lujack.  The discussion about Rush Limbaugh made sense, though i think his destructiveness was soft-pedaled a bit.  But ultimately, if we police a Rush, we can’t really have a Marc or a Phil.

It would be cool if Marc could have on some of the surviving members of Firesign Theater sometime.  Those guys were geniuses at using audio to create quickly shifting imaginary realities.

William June 04, 2013 at 2:53 pm


Marc, as a long time listener please stop using the word “liberal,” so liberally.  Try using the word progressive, and we might actually start making some progress.  I know you see between the political spectrum lines. The term liberal reminds me of Nancy Pelosi. A woman I would have nothing in common with.  I’m sure she thinks she’s a progressive too, but that’s the nice thing its all inclusive. We all want to see real, change.

Chris Collins June 09, 2013 at 2:46 pm


I was a big fan back at the beginning of it all. KVEN, in Ventura, CA. It was an afternoon show that often screwed up my workday. There was a big flood and an RV tract flooded and some floated down the Ventura River toward the sea. Phil ripped it abit and apparently the humor wasn’t appreciated. He got canned.

James Ryan June 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm


That bit of Phil doing the AM radio host was hysterical! Have not laughed that hard in a long times. Thanks for introducing him to me Marc.

Levi Ethan Cecil July 04, 2013 at 12:46 pm


Great show Marc, thank you so much! “Assfull of car” killed me. Phil Hendrie is the king of late night radio. I`m a cab driver, and he makes the nights go down so much easier. My favorite character is Vernon Dozier, the high school coach. I`ve got hours and hours of Phil on the iPod and he always cheers me up. He deserves a star on the Walk of Fame.

Bob D July 04, 2013 at 5:52 pm


Hendrie is the best of the best grossly under rated but history will show the truth hope it happens for him in his lifetime.

Dave February 06, 2014 at 12:33 am


Hey Marc, thanks for putting Phil on! I tweeted you to try to get him on last year and thank you for coming through! Was a great podcast.