Radio: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! Whoops, It's a Bird

Suddenly, the din of rock 'n' roll is in terrupted. From the loudspeaker come a furious flapping of wings and a fero cious cackle: "Bawk, bawk, bawk, baaawk—CHICKENMAN!" A background chorus proclaims: "He's everywhere! He's everywhere!" Well, not quite every where, but almost. In the past year, 149 U.S. radio stations have programmed Chickenman, a 2½-minute spoof of the Superman-Batman genre. Some cities have even played him nine times a day, seven days a week.

A change of pace from radio's hot-and-heavy barrage of records, news, and commercials, Chickenman was hatched 16 months ago on Chicago's WCFL. He is an...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!