Radio: The Phil Benfield Show
obscure series that debuted March 13, 1993 and aired Saturday nights at 11:00 PM on 980 WNN-AM, a station serving the South Florida market. The comedy show starred Phil, James "Jim" Turner, Christopher Keller, Mark Woda, and Joey Reynolds; the five were teens or young adults ranging in age from 17-26, with the show designed to be for and about those age groups.This print article
from March 14, 1993 (also the only thing Google turns up in relation to the show) notes that the premiere was "free-form at best, with Benfield giggling uncontrollably at almost anything".
The series was a Short Runner
, but the size of that shortness is not known.
This series provides examples of:
- Hey, It's That Voice!:
- One caller on the Dennis DelleFave Christmas show (see below) is a 12-year-old OX_Bigly.
- Phil worked at one time or another on Y-100, WIOD, WNN (aka WSBR), and as a producer at WXEL (he's credited at the end of this documentary about Doctor Who's history on PBS, although he doesn't actually appear during it note ). Currently, he does Phil's Notebook on his YouTube account.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Only a partial recording of the Dennis DelleFave Christmas show (see below) seems to be around, although Phil seems to have some audiotapes in his own personal collection.
- Once an Episode: "Babe of the Week".
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: Phil and his friends hosted the Christmas 1992 edition of The Dennis DelleFave Show on Boca Raton-based 74 WSBR-AM (the sister station of WNN), during which Chris Gibbs (another friend of Phil's) played a character named Tyrone.
- Spiritual Successor: More or less.
- Around the mid-1990s, the then-announcer at WXEL did a couple of voiceover recordings for a fictional WPDB radio station at Phil's request. At least two of these recordings survive...and strangely, on an audio cassette that had previously held a Spanish soap opera.
Over the beginning of an unknown song: Ki-ckin' ass with 50,000 watts of power! From the Keys to the Palm Beaches...ah what the hell, even the Bahamas this is WPDB!
Over the beginning of "Disco Inferno": You sleazy assholes, this is WPDB rollin' on the Disney Express! With Chris Gibbs, third-degree drunk James Turner, and Phil Benfield, who would rather be in Ireland than with you assholes!
- Connected to the above were audiotapes of Phil and friends goofing off and doing things that would've sent the FCC jumping down their throats had they gone to air. The group wisely curtailed their antics when The Phil Benfield Show debuted.
- Sometime after The Phil Benfield Show ended, Phil, Mark, and Joey did another radio show called Conversations, an FM morning show at night on AM radio which ran for two years.