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1998: The Demented Year in Review

1998: Dementia Florishes on the Internet
In 1998, nearly a half a dozen broadcast radio stations broadcasted the Dr. Demento Show on the Internet, but the growth of Internet radio also spawned many novelty song radio shows streaming on the Internet by way of radio stations on the educational band (88.1-91.9MHz).

One of the earliest novelty song shows, Friggin' Here, began in December of 1996, followed by Nummy Muffin Cocoa Butter shortly after in 1997, along with a smattering of minor radio shows featuring novelty music, most of which went unknown unless you can find them on a search engine by trying queries such as "Novelty Song Show" and "Demented Music". Many more would be coming online as we will explain in the 1999 report.

1998 was also the year that corporate radio's chokehold on creativity was beginning to be felt on radio stations nationwide as nationwide homogenized playlists supplanted local playlists of radio stations owned by Jacor, Clear Channel, AM/FM, Chancellor, and many other radio station conglomerates who don't care about pop music unless it's nu-metal, rap-rock, slow R&B, bubblegum teen pop, and pop alternative. Commercial radio began to shut out many emerging genres such as electronica (unless Madonna was making records using that genre as she did in 1998), dementia, filk, tradtional country, and euro, and the sound of corporate pop radio began to stagnate and bore the listeners away.

In San Diego, corporate radio was in 1998, and still is in 2002, the most corporate-controlled radio market in the United States, making the city so out of touch with the rest of the world, and for America for that matter, in terms of music creativity, that it earned the nickname "America's Behindest City," a play on the "Finest City" slogan it has been using for the longest time. What's so "Fine" about a city that has radio stations run by complete idiot savants who don't know good music when they come across it. That year, two stations that dropped Dr. Demento in the 90's went out of business when they sold their low-rated stations to Jacor and other corporate companies.

1998 also had Los Angeles getting some pulse of dementia back when a radio station I don't need to name, because it dropped the show a year later, brought back the Dr. Demento show a year after its previous carrier, KSCA, went Spanish.

Some of the songs from 1998 that DFSX features from time to time, and is subject to change without notice, are listed under the heading of "Hits of 1998". During the DFSX Time Warp series, we take you back in time, one song at a time, while noting what year the song was popular in.

And as a bonus, we also throw in some of the notable hip pop songs from that year! You never know what the Time Warp series will take you back to, keeping DFSX from being a cookie-cutter novelty song station in itself; regular hit stations used to play novelty songs back then, why not turn the tables and have a novelty station play some hit songs? Dr. Demento does play some non-novelty songs on occasion.

One more thing: be sure to let us know what novelty songs from the past of any year you want to be streamed so we can keep these in mind for future years.

Time Warp 1998 Songs Featured

  • "A Song For Ewe" - Joel Koosed / On The Lamb
  • "Amos Moses" - Primus / Rhinoplasty
  • "Armageddon: The Musical" - John Mammoser / unreleased
  • "Awards Show" - Danger Zone / unreleased
  • "Baby Got Brak" - the great Luke Ski / Carpe Dementia
  • "Blame It On El Nino" - Scott May / unreleased
  • "Born To Be Wired" - Jon Sirkis / unreleased
  • "Brak's Hawaiian Vacation" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Surf & Turf: With 22 Tiki-Torched Tunes
  • "Cartoon Animals" - Heywood Banks / Picky Picky Picky
  • "Cyber No-No" - Boogerman / unreleased
  • "Dancing With A Man" - Rodney Carrington / Hangin' With Rodney
  • "Defenders Of Marriage" - Roy Zimmerman / Comic Sutra
  • "Devil Went Down to Jamaica" - Travis Meyer / unreleased
  • "Do The Cartman" - P. H. Fred / Kill Barney and Other Delights
  • "Doctor Worm" - They Might Be Giants / Severe Tire Damage
  • "Don't Eat the Special" - Kyle L. Wulle / Between The Cracks
  • "Eat All The Old People" - No Time / Smoke This Album
  • "Fart In An Elevator" - Barry & The Bookbinders / Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 7
  • "First Redneck on the Internet" - Cledus T. Judd with Buck Owens / Did I Shave My Back For This?
  • "George Is On My Mind" - Tim Wilson / Songs For The Musically Disturbed (1997) / Waking Up the Neighborhood (1994)
  • "Gingko And Tofu" - Buddy Converse & The Sneakers / unreleased
  • "Girl With Emphysema" - Too Live Nurse / Ineffective Individual Coping
  • "Girls Don't Fart" - Strangely Brown / Stereophobia
  • "God Bless The U. F. O." - Capitol Steps / Unzippin' My Doo Dah
  • "Grandpa's Gone Gangsta" - Larry Weaver / Everybody's Crazy But Me
  • "Guitar Pill" - Henry Phillips / Number Two
  • "Hacker's Rap II: The Internut" - Whimsical Will / Cutting Up With Whimsical Will 2 cassette
  • "Hey Godzilla 98" - Whimsical Will / Cutting Up w/ Whimsical Will CD: Summer Movie Adventures
  • "Hip Hop Gangsta" (low fi) - Sudden Death / Unplugged
  • "I Wanna Be Sedated" - Prozak For Lovers / Prozak For Lovers
  • "It's Your Birthday and You're Still Stupid" - Bob Lyons / unreleased
  • "Java" - Loose Bruce Kerr / unreleased
  • "Kenny Was a Kid From South Park" - the great Luke Ski / Carpe Dementia
  • "Kill Barney" - P. H. Fred / Kill Barney and Other Delights
  • "Lesbians On TV" - Bill Frenzer / Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 7
  • "Let's Get Branded" - Roy Zimmerman / Comic Sutra
  • "Life's Gonna Suck" - Denis Leary / Loch and Lode
  • "Listenin' To The Radio" - Adam Sandler / What's Your Name?
  • "Magic Mini-Van" - Sean Morey / He's The Man
  • "Mex-Files" - John Mammoser / unreleased
  • "Mother's Day Medley" - Blair Freeman (editor) / unreleased
  • "My Dad's A Wonderful Guy" - Mr. Zipp & Clint / unreleased
  • "My Pants Go Down" - Capitol Steps / Unzippin' My Doo Dah
  • "Net Surfin' U.S.A." - Steve Dahl & The Dahl-fins / Unknown
  • "Old Dogs" - Old Dogs / Old Dogs
  • "One Week" - Barenaked Ladies / Stunt
  • "Party In The Parkin' Lot" - The Fibs / Pisces in Crisis
  • "Pizzadude" - White Noise Radio Theatre / unreleased
  • "Punish The People" - Roy Zimmerman / Comic Sutra
  • "Reefer Song" - Mindless Drug Hoover / Top Banana
  • "Ritalin" - Rob Paravonian / American Cheese
  • "S-N (Snore, Sniff & Sneeze) (1971)" - Tom Lehrer / The Remains of Tom Lehrer
  • "Sad Cowboy Song" - Red Elvises / Moving to the Moscow Beat
  • "Scat Sandwich" - Space Ghost / Space Ghost's Surf & Turf: With 22 Tiki-Torched Tunes
  • "She's Talkin' Again" - Henry Phillips f/ Edie Magoun / Number Two
  • "Silicon Valley" - Sudden Death / Unplugged
  • "Small Brown Hill" - John Kubilus / A Poet on the Loose
  • "Smells Like Camp Granada" - Alien Van Sherman / unreleased
  • "Smokin' Blues" - Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts / 36-22-36
  • "South Park Junkie" - Sudden Death / Unplugged
  • "Spot" - The Duncan Guy Band / The Menstral Album
  • "Stop Talking About Comic Books Or I'll Kill You" - Ookla The Mok / Super Secret
  • "Tastes Like Chicken (low fi)" - The Neanderthal Spongecake / unreleased
  • "The Body Rules" - Jesse (The Body) Ventura (released 1984) / vinyl
  • "The Conspiraski Theory" - Stan Freberg / Tip Of The Freberg: The Stan Freberg Collection 1951-1998
  • "The Dead Bonanza Song" - Heff Smiley & The Gravediggers / unreleased
  • "The Doctor Song" - Faust and Lewis / Classy Trash
  • "The Mouth" - Sudden Death featuring Mr. Zipp / Unplugged
  • "The Zipper Song" - John Forster / The Official Bootleg Album
  • "They Look Alike, They Walk Alike" - Christine Lavin / One Wild Night in Concert
  • "Titanic Song" - John Mammoser f/ Whitney Allen / unreleased
  • "To All The Girls... The Bill Clinton Version" - Dave & Tom Show / unreleased
  • "Toast" - Heywood Banks / Picky Picky Picky
  • "Toxic Swamp" - Kenny Young & The Eggplants / Toxic Swamp and Other Songs
  • "Twinkies & Ding Dongs" - Slash J. Frank / Blue Sky and White Puffy Clouds
  • "Unzippin' My Doo-Dah" - Capitol Steps / Unzippin' My Doo Dah
  • "Viagra" - John Mammoser / unreleased
  • "We Burned the Christmas Tree" - Chaston and Groditski / 30 Year Reunion Sessions
  • "Women In Mini-Vans" - Lane from Maine / unreleased
  • "You Don't Smell Like Flowers" - Bob Rivers / Best of Twisted Tunes Volume One

    Bonus Time Warp 1998 Songs
    Not really demented, but we included them on occastion to give you a taste of some of the fun sounds from the hip pop genre, some a bit on the weird side of techno or rock, most representing a genre that was popular that year.
  • "Rockafeller Skank" - Fatboy Slim / You've Come a Long Way Baby
  • "Intergalactic Planetary" - Beastie Boys / Hello Nasty
  • "Jump Jive and Wail" - Brian Setzer Orchestra / Dirty Boogie
  • "Pretty Fly For a White Guy" - Offspring / Americana
  • "Ray Of Light" - Madonna / Ray of Light
  • "Black Hole Sun" - Steve and Eydie / Lounge-a-Palooza (cover of Soundgarden's hit song)
  • "Miami" - Will Smith / Big Willie Style
  • "Delicious" - Pure Sugar / United State of Dance
  • "Chumbawumba" - Amnesia / Tubthumper
  • "One Way Or Another" - Melissa Joan Hart - Sabrina The Teenage Witch Soundtrack
  • 1998: The Demented Year in Review

    A list of all the new songs that debut on Dr. Demento's radio show during the year 1998.

    D.T.'s 1998 Funny Song Countdown

    1. Life's Gonna Suck - Denis Leary
    2. Chef - Isaac Hayes
    3. South Park Junkie - Sudden Death
    4. First Redneck On The Internet - Cledus T. Judd (w/ Buck Owens)
    5. The Devil Went To Jamaica - Travis Meyer
    6. Reefer Song - Mindless Drug Hoover
    7. Weird Al Show Theme Song
    8. Lesbians On TV - Bill Frenzer
    9. Kenny Was A Kid From South Park - The Great Luke Ski
    10. Talking Again - Henry Phillips f/ Edie Magoun
    11. My Pants Go Down - The Capitol Steps
    12. Fart In An Elevator - Barry & The Bookbinders
    13. One Week - Barenaked Ladies
    14. Girls Don't Fart - Strangely Brown (Dr. Demento was allowed to play this song as long as the identity of this singer remains a secret.)
    15. Rabbit Valley - The Four Postmen
    16. Yisterdie - The Farm Beetles
    17. Hacker's Rap Part Two: The Internut - Whimsical Will
    18. Cartoon Animals - Heywood Banks
    19. Too Fat Polka - Frankie Yankovic w/ Drew Carey
    20. Doctor Worm - They Might Be Giants
    21. Toast - Heywood Banks
    22. Me Like Hockey - The Arrogant Worms
    23. Eat All The Old People - No Time
    24. Unzippin' My Doo-Dah - The Capitol Steps
    25. The Lonesome Kicker - Adam Sandler
    26. Smells Like Camp Granada - Alien Van Sherman
    27. The Ballad Of Kent Marlow - Weird Al Yankovic (I'm not kidding about the rank of this song, although it was heard just once from the TV movie "Safety Patrol" on March 29, 1998.)
    28. Conspirasky Theory - Stan Freberg
    29. The Zipper Song - John Forster
    30. Go Down - anonymous
    31. Hey Godzilla - Whimsical Will
    32. Pizzadude - White Noise Radio Theatre
    33. Die in a Flaming Car Crash - Travis Shredd and The Good Ol' Homeboys
    34. The Mouth - Sudden Death and Mr. Zipp
    35. The Ballad Of William Robinson - Bill Mumy
    36. Let's Get Branded - Roy Zimmerman
    37. Kill Barney - P. H. Fred
    38. Defenders Of Marriage - Roy Zimmerman
    39. Girl With Emphysema - Too Live Nurse
    40. Dungeons And Dragons II (live in studio from show #97-39) - The Dead Alewives
    41. The Man Song - Sean Morey
    42. George is On My Mind - Tim Wilson
    43. Silicon Valley - Sudden Death
    44. Hip Hop Gangsta - Sudden Death
    45. Do Bears - Rowan Atkinson & Kate Bush
    46. Party in the Parking Lot - The Fibs
    47. Net Surfin' U.S.A. - Steve Dahl & The Dahl-fins
    48. Grandpa's Gone Gangsta - Larry Weaver
    49. To All The Girls... (Clinton Version) - Dave & Tom Show
    50. The Voice on the Relaxation Tape - Christine Lavin
    51. Women in Mini Vans - Lane from Maine
    52. Two Terms - Keith Ferguson
    53. They Look Alike, They Walk Alike - Christine Lavin
    54. Dr. Kevorkian - Doodoo Wah
    55. Get Off My Lawn! - Rev. Billy C. Wirtz
    56. Scat Sandwich - Space Ghost
    57. Tastes Like Chicken - The Neanderthal Spongecake
    58. Magic Mini Van - Sean Morley
    59. Dancin' With a Man - Rodney Carrington
    60. Punish the People - Roy Zimmerman
    61. The Doctor Song - Faust and Lewis
    62. Stop Talkin' About Comic Books or I'll Kill You - Ookla the Mok
    63. Gingko And Tofu - Buddy Converse & The Sneakers
    64. Cheat To Lose - Jim's Big Ego
    65. Baby's Got Brak - The Great Luke Ski (this was heard in late Nov 1998, and not that many people heard it, but nevertheless, this song will be on the 1999 poll as well.)
    66. The Fool Monty - Ron 'Boogiemonster' Gerber
    67. He Bit Him On The Ear - Doodoo Wah
    68. The Origin Of El Nino - Snot Roquemore
    69. Yuppie Camper - Rob Paravonian
    70. The True and Terrible Trials of Waldo the Dog - Cosy Sheridan
    71. G. O. P. (Grand Old Punk) - Osmium

    The Qualifying Write-Ins

    D.T.'s 1998 Funny Holiday Countdown

    1. Hanukkah Song '97 - Adam Sandler (this is the sequel to his original Hanukkah song he released in 1995. This was recorded in Santa Barbara in November 1997. Dr. Demento didn't play this song, but a lot of voters heard it on many radio stations across America.)
    2. Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass - The Arrogant Worms
    3. Yellow Snow! Yellow Snow! Yellow Snow! - Bob Rivers Comedy Corp
    4. 'Twas The Night Before The Seventh Day Of Hanukkah - Ron Coden
    5. I Saw Hanukkah Harry Beat Up Santa - Hal Singer
    6. Hey You! Get Off My House! - Bob Rivers Comedy Corp
    7. Police Stop My Car - Bob Rivers Comedy Corp
    8. Christmas Balls - Ben Lite and His Surf Club Boys
    9. Christmas In Jail - The Bobs
    10. Sled Zeppelin - Bob Rivers Comedy Corp
    11. The Twelve-Pack Of Christmas - Slant 6 & The Jumpstarts
    12. Must Be Santa - The Billy Nayer Show
    13. A Politically Correct Christmas - The Royal Canadian Air Farce
    14. There's a Santa Who Looks A Lot Like Elvis - Bob Rivers Comedy Corp
    15. The War Of The Lights - The Therapy Sisters
    16. Oh God, I'm Santa Claus! - The Arrogant Worms
    17. Holidaze (S'cuse Me, I Got Gifts To Buy) - Bob Rivers Comedy Corp
    18. We Burned The Christmas Tree - Pete & The G-Men
    19. Christmas Is Almost Here - The Arrogant Worms
    20. The Knight Before Christmas - montage by Jim Ratts
    21. The Twelve Steps Of Christmas - Snot Roquemore
    22. The Christmas Song (Catskills Version) - The Mommyheads
    23. Co-Dependent Christmas - The Therapy Sisters
    24. Paul The Forgotten Reindeer - Snot Roquemore
    25. Guilt For Christmas - Ray Stevens
    26. All I Want For Christmas - RuPaul
    27. Santa, That Lowdown Santa - The VooDUDES
    28. Santa, Welcome To The Modern World - Pat Godwin
    29. Beautiful Xmas Lights - James Kochalka Superstar
    30. Vincent The Christmas Virus - The Arrogant Worms
    31. Snowflakes! (Keep Falling On My Head) - The Happiest Guys In The World
    32. Message - A Cast of Thousands
    33. Christmas Welders Working - Dr. Lee Tomboulian
    34. Santa Claus Goes Modern - Rodd Keith
    35. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy - Woody Phillips

    The Qualifying Write-Ins

    Thanks to All Who Voted! Over 542 votes were counted and it was an overwhelimg success!

    Events in 1998

    01/02, Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine.

    01/03, on the cover of TV Guide: "Crazy For The Simpsons: Best Episodes, Cool Secrets and Top Guests!"

    01/04, Actress Mae Questel, who had supplied the voices of cartoon characters Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, died in New York at age 89.

    01/05, Sonny Bono, the 1960's pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing in South Lake Tahoe, California; he was 62.

    01/10, "Granma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #87, just over 18 years after it debut on "The Dr. Demento Show".

    02/04, BILL GATES CREAMED -- Bill Gates got a faceful of cream pie in Brussels as he arrived for a meeting with business and government leaders. Three pranksters lobbed pies at the Microsoft chairman, but only one made a direct hit. With cream dripping onto the shoulders of his dark business suit and covering the lenses of his glasses, Gates was led into a side room to clean up. He emerged looking somewhat embarrassed. Noel Godin, a Belgian prankster who has targeted celebrities in the past, later took responsibility on Belgian TV. "This was a victory for us. We will continue to send our burlesque statements," he said.

    02/05, Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd). It was a disappointment. I was expecting "When Skaters Attack" to break out during the cold interview.

    02/06, the movie "Blues Brothers 2000" starring Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman was released in movie theaters in the USA

    02/06, Falco, the '80s technopop artist best known for his "Rock Me Amadeus" song and video, dies in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. He is 40. The Austrian-born singer/songwriter, born Johann Holzel, suffers a severe head injury when his sport utility vehicle collides with a bus as he pulls onto the highway.

    02/17, "Blues Brothers (soundtrack)" album by Blues Brothers was certified Platinum by the RIAA

    02/18, Robert Smith of the Cure does battle with the forces of musical evil as embodied by a monstrous Barbra Streisand (who gets skewered a lot in the series) on the animated television show South Park.

    02/24, comedian Henny Youngman died of complications from the flu. He was 91. He was known as the king of the one-liners, including "Take my wife, please."

    03/16, "All-time Greatest Comic Hits" album by Ray Stevens was certified Gold

    03/17, the sitcom "Lateline" starring Al Franken premiered on NBC.

    03/18, Michael Jackson and his son went shopping at a toy store in Munich, Germany, with Jackson dressed as an Arab woman. Practicing to be Diana Ross, I presume?

    03/21, fed-up with another web-page author's strong insistance on using layers of Javascript, Shockwave, Frames, and other complex web authoring gimmicks to keep simpletons away, D.T. launches his own webpage topic with 100% pure HTML in building the new Valerie Bertinelli website, eight years to the day "Sydney" premiered. It has since become one of D.T.'s most popular websites in recent history. As for the other web author...who cares?

    03/26, "My Balls And My Word (all I Have In This World..)" album by Young Bleed was certified Gold by the RIAA (OK, stop the snickering, it's a kids record for petesake!)

    03/27, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, saying it helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual function.

    03/29, the TV-movie "Safety Patrol" featuring a cameo (about 27 minutes before the end of the movie) by "Weird Al" Yankovic aired on ABC-TV.

    03/29, The Dr. Demento Show returned to KLSX-FM after a 14-month absence from the Los Angeles area market. It left that station after 11 months on Feb 20, 1999.

    04/01, on "South Park", Eric Cartman's father is revealed...APRIL FOOL! It's the "Terrence and Phillip Show" with an appearance by "Celine Dion".

    04/03, "Lost In Space" movie opened in USA theaters.

    04/10, the movie "The Odd Couple II" starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau opened in theaters in the USA

    04/22, on "South Park", after weeks of suspense, Mephisto reveals that Eric Cartman's father is really his hemaphroditic mother, who got someone else in the town pregnant.

    05/08, the rainbow ends for CBS with their 39th and final airing of "The Wizard of Oz." Viewers will now either have to catch it on cable on TNT, or stop being such unbelievable cheapskates and buy a VCR.

    05/09, in this week's TV Guide: a fond farewell to Seinfeld.

    05/14, the hit TV series "Seinfeld" aired its series finale after nine years on NBC. Reruns continued on NBC until fall. It marked the official end of "Must See TV".

    05/20, the movie "Godzilla" opened in USA theaters to a tally of an enourmous $55.5 million over the next six days.

    05/28, Comic actor Phil Hartman of "Saturday Night Live" and "NewsRadio" fame was shot to death at his home in Encino, California, by his wife, Brynn, who then killed herself.

    06/01, "Bobcat's Big A-- Show" TV game show premiered on the FX network.

    06/10, "I Love To Tell The Story" album by Andy Griffith was certified Platinum by the RIAA

    06/11, after much fanfare, Seattle, Washington-based Amazon.com expanded its operation from "books only" to music as well, opening for online business with a list of titles numbered at 120,000 divided among 14 genres.

    06/13, a special "Saturday Night Live" remembered the recently slain Phil Hartman with clips of the former cast members' greatest sketches and most memorable characters.

    06/19, on One Life to Live, Todd tried to find out who killed Georgie by holding hostages in the Buchanan lodge while wearing dynamite around his chest. What a loony!

    06/22, "The Howie Mandel Show" TV Talk Show debuts in syndication. First guest: Jennifer Aniston.

    06/23, "The Dirty Boogie" album by the Brian Setzer Orchestra was released by the RIAA

    06/23, Ernie Kovacs was the subject of a delightful "Biography" on A 'n E.

    06/26, the movie "Dr. Dolittle" starring Eddie Murphy opened in theaters in the USA

    07/03, Today in Late Show w/ Letterman History: Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole entertains Letterman and the audience when he talks about the wonders of Viagra.

    07/06, singing cowboy star Roy Rogers died in Apple Valley, California, at age 86.

    07/07, "Stunt" album by Barenaked Ladies was released

    07/08, "Dr. Dolittle" album (soundtrack) was certified Gold by the RIAA

    07/09, a topless dancer hit a nightclub patron with her ample breasts, but did not injure him, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch ruled in a "People's Court" trial. Paul Shimkonis filed suit against the club in Pinellas County Court in Florida on June 29, claiming the dancer, Tawny Peaks, injured him during a performance at the Clearwater bar during his bachelor party in September 1996. The lawsuit said she jumped on him, forcing her extra-large breasts into his face and causing his head to jerk backward. Shimkonis, a 38-year-old physical therapist, sought damages for head and neck injuries, disability, pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish and loss of life enjoyment.

    07/21, "Weird Al Yankovic - The Videos" was released on DVD

    07/27, "Sifl and Ollie" TV sock puppet show aimed at adults premiered on MTV

    07/30, BARNEY LOSES TO CHICKEN: Barney's lawsuit against the San Diego Chicken is extinct. A judge in Ft. Worth TX threw out the copyright infringement suit, leaving the famous fowl free to pummel a Barney look-alike as part of his comedy routine at sporting events. "The show must go on," said the Chicken's lawyer, Kenneth Fitzgerald.

    07/30, "Buffalo Bob" Smith, the cowboy-suited host of "The Howdy Doody Show," died in Hendersonville, North Carolina, at age 80.

    07/31, Matt Stone and Trey Parker invent a new sport called "BASEketball", also starring Jenny McCarthy and Yasmine Bleeth, as it took to the theaters in the USA

    08/01, on the cover of TV Guide: Drew Carey

    08/03, "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy" album by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was certified Gold by the RIAA

    08/04, "Perennial Favorites" album by Squirrel Nut Zippers was released

    08/05, after 136 episodes in ten seasons abroad, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" crosses the pond with American executive producer Drew Carey taking over for host Clive Barnes. In "Party Quirks," Ryan Stiles pretends to be a foal being born in what one New Zealand TV critic names as "possibly the funniest 30 seconds in the history of television."

    08/06, Today in Late Show w/ Letterman History: As superstar Jerry Seinfeld his world stand-up comedy tour ends with a 10-show stint on Broadway, he drops by another theater on Broadway - the Ed Sullivan Theater -- for a special visit to the LATE SHOW, his first since "Seinfeld" ended its nine-year run. Also featured on the broadcast is 13-year-old Hunter Scott, who is lobbying Congress to clear the name of a World War II U.S. Navy captain who he feels was wrongly court martialed.

    08/09, Jerry Seinfeld's "I'm Telling You For The Last Time" live from Broadway in New York City aired on HBO. His intention was to capture the comic's stand-up show consisting of old jokes he's retiring to preserve on video and audio releases, and after that, he plans to start over again with all new material.

    08/10, "the Bad boys of Magic" get hired to add a little variety to the FX network and the result is "Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular." The debut features roller skating puppets, trained house cats, wrestler Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Steven Segal Band, Cheech Marin, John Popper and fellow talk show leech Super Dave Osborne.

    08/10, "Banana Wind" album by Jimmy Buffett was certified Platinum by the RIAA

    08/22, the King of All Media returns to weekly syndication when Howard Stern hosts his late-night program "The Howard Stern Radio Show" in syndication.

    08/31, the eighth English-language commercial broadcast TV network since the beginning of TV, "Pax Net", was launched by the co-founder of HSN. The other seven were, NBC, CBS, Dumont (now defunct), ABC, Fox, UPN, and WB. It features family programming and reruns such as "Dr. Quinn", "Diagnosis Murder", "Touched by an Angel", and appropriately enough for network eight: "Eight is Enough!"

    09/07, "Instant Comedy with The Groundlings" premiered on FX

    09/08, on "The Late Show With David Letterman", David told a joke: "On Thursday, the National Weather Bureau downgraded '[Weird] Al' Yankovic's status from Weird to Slightly Unusual."

    09/10, "Crank It Up - The Music Album" album by Jeff Foxworthy was certified Platinum by the RIAA

    09/13, "The Late Show with David Letterman was named Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series (can't they select a category?) at the 50th annual Emmy Awards. The Outstanding Series win marked the second Emmy honor for Letterman in this Category. Letterman said of the win: "All credit to the team. The best part of this job is I get to work with my friends." In his 16 years on late night television, Letterman has been honored with 55 Emmy nominations and eight Emmy Awards, including 20 nominations and three Emmy Awards for the LATE SHOW since its premiere in 1993. In addition, Letterman's morning program, "The David Letterman Show," earned five nominations and two Emmy Awards.

    09/13, Frasier" won its fifth straight Best Comedy Emmy, making this the first show of either comedy or drama to win five Best Emmys, breaking records held by "The Dick Van Dyke Show" for comedy and "Hill Street Blues" for drama. "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer picked up his third, and co-star David Hyde Pierce won his second. Helen Hunt, who won an Oscar in March for "As Good as It Gets," took her third consecutive Emmy for her work on "Mad About You." The first-time winners included "The Practice" for best drama, Christine Lahti of "Chicago Hope" and Andre Braugher of "Homicide: Life on the Street."

    09/14, "The Hollywood Squares" TV game show returned to syndication with Whoopi Goldberg as the center square

    09/14, "The Roseanne Show" TV talk show debut in syndication.

    09/21, "Match Game" TV game show premiered in syndication.

    09/22, "I'm Telling You For The Last Time" album by Jerry Seinfeld was released

    09/24, Elvis Presley is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    09/26, "The Weird Al Show" TV children's show last aired on CBS (according to a Variety article published Aug 27.)

    09/27, Phil Hartman's voice was featured for the last time on "The Simpsons" as Troy McClure. Hartman was killed by his wife in a murder-suicide the previous May.

    10/01, the president of the Philippines banned actress Claire Danes from entering the country. Filipinos were angry that in an interview, Danes had called Manila smelly, weird and full of rats.

    10/02, Hollywood's original singing cowboy and former owner of the Anaheim Angels, Gene Autry, died at age 91.

    10/03, on the cover of TV Guide: "The Cast of Fraser", also, Christina Applegate, Power of Babble

    10/04, Movie: "Sabrina Goes to Rome". If Sabrina can't open a mysterious antique gold locket and release the power trapped within, a family secret will be lost forever. "The secret to the locket lies in Rome," says her father. So, with a stowaway Salem in her backpack, Sabrina heads for Italy and the Eternal City of Rome. Once there, she meets Paul, the gorgeous American photographer who grabs her before she falls into the famous Trevi Fountain. And in her charming pensione, Sabrina finds an unexpected roommate: Gwen, a British witch with a talking hamster named Stonehenge. Together, Sabrina an Gwen set out to solve the mystery of the locket---a story of love and betrayal that began centuries ago...

    10/07, "Charmed" TV Sci-Fi starring Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, and Holly Marie Combs, premiered on WB. It's also one of David Tanny's raving faves. Visit http://www.alyssa.com for the Official Alyssa Milano Website!

    10/07, Weird Al Yankovic recorded "Germs" for his CD "Running With Scissors"

    10/14, "Weird Al" Yankovic made a cameo appearrance on "The Drew Carey Show". Al walked on stage (with mustache and glasses), says "I hope you don't mind I brought my accordion!" and then the lead singer guy of a band said "You didn't tell us you played accordian.." and that was it. That "Lead Singer Guy" is Joe Walsh. It was estimated that Al was on for 27 seconds.

    10/14, "polka king" Frankie Yankovic died at his home in New Port Richey, Florida, a week after suffering a fall. He was 83. It was a grim coincidence that the non-relative common surmaned "Weird Al" was on Drew Carey that same date.

    10/15, Weird Al Yankovic recorded the transvestite "Truck Drivin' Song" for his CD "Running With Scissors"

    10/15, Weird Al Yankovic recorded "Truck Drivin' Song", "My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder", and "Albuquerque" for his CD "Running With Scissors"

    10/16, Weird Al Yankovic recorded "Your Horoscope For Today" for his CD "Running With Scissors"

    10/17, R.C., "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart. It was number one for ... one week!

    10/27, "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" album soundtrack was released. Are we now starting a Melissa Joan Hart 27 list by any chance? She did work with "Weird Al" Yankovic on a couple of occasions.

    10/28, "I'm Telling You For The Last Time" album by Jerry Seinfeld was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

    11/03, The smashing victory by former pro wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura in the Minnesota governor's race marked a rare victory for third-party candidates in this evening's elections. "We shocked the world," Ventura told supporters at a victory celebration. Ventura, running on a Minnesota Reform Party ticket, defeated Democrat Hubert Humphrey III and Republican Norm Coleman. "Serving the people, not the parties," read a slogan on Ventura's campaign Internet site.

    11/06, "The Waterboy" movie starring Adam Sandler opened in theaters nationwide, and grossed a weekend record $39.4 million in ticket sales to set a record for a November film debut.

    11/06, the classic 1939 movie, "The Wizard of Oz", was rereleased in theaters in the USA. This special edition, commemorating the film's 60th anniversary. has been digitally restored and remastered in Dolby Digital Stereo Sound.

    11/11, "South Park-Chef Aid--The South Park Album" album Soundtrack was released

    11/25, comedian Flip Wilson died of liver cancer at his home in Malibu, California. He was 64.

    12/07, "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" album Soundtrack was certified Gold by the RIAA

    12/09, the TV improvisational comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" returned to ABC

    12/12, Pfizer announces that it has hired Bob Dole to sell the drug Viagra in TV commercials. Dave, Jay, Conan, and Craig's writing staffs take the day off.

    12/16, "South Park-Chef Aid--the South Park Album" album by Soundtrack was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

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