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Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio (2008)

The 50 year struggle between rock pioneers and powerful business/government interests for the soul of music radio, told by America's favorite deejays and the artists they made rock stars.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dick Biondi Dick Biondi ... Himself
Jerry Blavat ... Himself
David Crosby ... Himself
Raechel Donahue Raechel Donahue ... Herself
Jocko Henderson Jocko Henderson ... Himself
Dan Ingram Dan Ingram ... Himself
'Cousin Brucie' Morrow 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow ... Himself
Graham Nash ... Himself
Grace Slick ... Herself
Martha Jean Steinberg Martha Jean Steinberg ... Herself
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Dick Clark ... Himself (archive footage)
Fabian ... Himself
Alan Freed Alan Freed ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Gilson Chris Gilson ... Himself
Lesley Gore ... Herself
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The 50 year struggle between rock pioneers and powerful business/government interests for the soul of music radio, told by America's favorite deejays and the artists they made rock stars.

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If you want to see how America works, look at what happened to rock radio.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Travisty Productions See more »
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Stereo (Protools)

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Color
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Great 'spin' on a great era (but avoid the PBS airings unless you like the incessant 10-min. beg-athon breaks)
9 May 2011 | by wgreghSee all my reviews

This is a great doc on the mid-'50s through '70s/'80s era, with a big emphasis on it being the stimulus for rock n' roll, based on the black-based R&B radio stations.

It's great to see/hear Cousin Brucie, Dan Ingram, and other deejays I grew up with while living in New Jersey and in the D.C. market. It's broader than just showcasing the Northeast scene, e.g. Wolfman Jack when he aired from a Mexican-based station with an INCREDIBLE (25,000 watts?) signal!

See if it is for rent by Netflix, other online rental sites or your local video store. I'd recommend it rather than seeing it on your local PBS station (sorry, but I'm a decent donor and tire of the fund-raising breaks).


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