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    Radio Unnameable

    Wednesday, March 06, 2013   |   8:00pm - 9:30pm

    Union Theatre

    Documentary Frontiers

    Milwaukee Premiere

    (Paul Lovelace, Jessica Wolfson, USA, 87 min, video, 2012 )


    Before NPR, texting, and Facebook, there was WBAI, New York's idiosyncratic, left-of-left-wing public radio station, where Bob F ass has broadcast “Radio Unnameable”—his “free-form” midnight show—for much of the past half-century. Radio Unnameable brings 50 years of its s ubject’s history to life, intriguingly pairing archival stills and audio w ith Super 8, 16mm, and Hi-8 video footage to evoke Fass's life and times. Legendary radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized late night FM radio by serving as a cultural hub for music, politics and audience participation. This film is an affectionate appreciation of one man’s long, strange trip through history. - Film Comment

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