Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tom & Doug

Tom and Doug may have more listeners on Youtube than they do on the radio but they are in fact carried on three terrestrial radio stations 90.7 WAZU-FM, 107.9 WRFA-LP, and on 89.1 KHOI. Their chatter is so comic, by all rights they should have a wildly popular morning zoo show somewhere. Their songs are even funnier than that. If they didn't already have day jobs this probably wouldn't be hypothetical.

They met in 1985 and in 1986 with Eric Schopf and Dan Meyer they started a band called Norm and the Standard Deviates. They went on to form and play in other bands, do theater, and perform in virtually any capacity wherever either or both of them could find an audience. It was their comic music that first got them attention before their comic antics.

In the summer of 1999, Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister) launched his radio show "Dee Snider Radio" on 104.1 WMRQ-FM. Snider used Tom and Doug's jazz cover the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take It" to be his show's theme. He played it daily until his program was cancelled in 2003. He later invited Tom and Doug to perform on his program. They agreed and in December of 1999 appeared live. After being cancelled in 2003 Snider revived his program for another year on 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia and continued to earn the duo teeny tiny royalty checks.

In 2005 Tom and Doug began to do a semi-regular  podcast on their website. It began with odd-sized segments with mixed hijinks and music. Shows varied in length but were anywhere from 12 to 25 minutes. In 2012 they broke form and adopted a more radio-friendly weekly half-hour show. This change was made with KHOI in mind, and was picked up by other stations.