This year’s Radio Luncheon at the NAB Show in Las Vegas could be quite unusual, depending on how many of his characters Phil Hendrie decides to bring along. The syndicated radio host and satirist will be the keynote speaker for the luncheon April 13th in Las Vegas.
According to the official announcment, Hendrie “will demonstrate the role of radio as an entertainment platform.” No doubt it’s a subject he understands.
“Throughout his career, Phil Hendrie has never lost his passion for radio. We look forward to what he has in store for us during this year’s NAB Show Radio Luncheon,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David.
“The Phil Hendrie Show,” nationally syndicated by Talk Radio Network – FM, airs on 100 radio stations nationwide. As host of his program, Hendrie welcomes his cast of fictional characters, all of whom he plays himself, providing listeners with a humorous and sometimes controversial perspective resulting in unforgettable, quality entertainment.
Hendrie started out as a disc jockey at WBJW 1440 AM in Winter Park, FL and worked at various stations across the country for 15 years. Then he decided to pursue talk radio and moved to Los Angeles to debut as a weekend host at KFI-AM. In 1990 at KVEN-AM in Ventura, Calif., Hendrie introduced his first fictional character on air – an Iraqi, Raj Feenan. The Gulf War was happening and Feenan vociferously defended Saddam Hussein. Thinking he was a real person, listeners went ballistic and the phones lit up. An entire cast of characters would evolve from that moment on, marking Hendrie’s place in radio history.
In addition to performing on radio, film and television, Hendrie has regularly voiced characters on Fox’s popular animated series “King of the Hill” and “Futurama” for the last 10 years.