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Radio Unnameable DVD, Bob Fass and the Rise of Free Expression on the Airwaves
Radio Unnameable DVD
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Radio Unnameable DVD, Bob Fass and the Rise of Free Expression on the Airwaves
IN 1963, one man radically transformed the FM dial. RADIO UNAMEABLE tells the story of the groun db reaking New York disc jockey Bob Fass and his innovative use of the airwaves to inform, entertain and encourage dialogue amongst listeners. His program is entirely free form, there’s no telling what might happen next. It is a place to hear great music, conversations with artists and activists, audio experiments, and where the average listener can discuss local and international issues, from problems with landlords in the Bronx to the war in Afghanistan . Bob Fass is still on the air today, approaching 50 years behind the microphone, and he remains as vital and current as ever.

From the beginning, major cultural figures have dropped by the studio to perform, take calls and engage in the program’s spontaneity. The list of notables who’ve appeared is astounding: Bob Dylan, Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg, Joni Mitchell, Yoko Ono, Muddy Waters, Timothy Leary amongst many more. The film showcases these appearances alongside current sounds that Fass champions. As a station, WBAI is filled with volatile internal politics. Fass often finds himself in the middle and as a result has been forced off the air numerous times. One such incident, in the late 1970s, saw him being carried away in handcuffs. Since it’s conception, there have been no boundaries for Radio Unnameable. Fass’s unique and influential program has blazed a trail for everything from NPR to Howard Stern. RADIO UNNAMEABLE is not only about Bob Fass and his remarkable journey, but also radio’s evolving landscape and the necessity for free expression on the airwaves.

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