Nearly 40 years ago “Weird Al” Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.
Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic’s early parodies of the Knack’s then-chart-topping new wave hit “My Sharona” (recast as “My Bologna”) and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” (as “Another One Rides the Bus”).
Times have changed.
On-demand services have arguably supplanted radio, and Dr. Demento, whose real name is Barret Hansen, jokes that the reaction today to Yankovic is a little different than it was back in the day.
“Now, the response is ‘My God, is he...