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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Dugan
Eric Swan
Laura Coe
Carl Billings
Jay Fenichel ...
Bobby Douglas
Lt. Reach
Joe Smith ...
Albert Driscoll
Tom Tarpey ...
Regis Lamar
Janet Brandt ...
Mary Torrey ...
Roberta Wallach ...
Shari Smith
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Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play, and running the station the way they want to. It has led them to a ratings success. The interesting radio personalities include: Jeff Dugan, rebellious head of the radio station; Mother, who is burned out from being a DJ; Eric Swan, a self centered romantic who wants more than just being a DJ; The Prince of Darkness, the hip night DJ; and Laura Coe, the easy-going type. The movie focuses on the battle between Jeff and his corporate bosses, who want more advertising and less music. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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20 April 1978 (USA)  »

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Much of the plot of the movie is about the management of the station resisting the push to change to stations format to include more commercials than music. Tom Petty, who has a cameo in the film, fought his own battle against his recorded label over the album "Hard Promises". The album had been given the superstar price of $9.89, versus $8.98. Petty balked at the change, threatening to hold up the album's release.

Much like the characters in FM, this stand won Petty a loyal fan base standing behind him in support. See more »


When Dolores Deluxe exits her corvette, there is a man (perhaps not an extra) who stares at her as she enters the building. He actually briefly stops to watch the entire scene be filmed. See more »


The Mother: Don't worry, you still have me for two months because that's what my contract says.
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SWritten by Boz Scaggs and Michael Omartian
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Courtesy of COLUMBIA Records
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Great film, only if you like flicks about Radio
21 May 2003 | by (Mesquite, TX) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite "Radio" themed films, mainly because I work in radio. The characters in this movie remind me of many of my fellow co-works, on many levels.

The film's plot centers on Station Manager and Morning Man Jeff Dugan. Dugan has the right idea, in keeping the station "Q-Sky" as uncommercial as possible. He LOVES playing GOOD music and so dislikes the idea of selling too much airtime to advertisers. Especially when it is the Army that wants to buy airtime, with high spot rotation in prime time hours.

That doesn't sit well with Dugan, and he tries his best to avoid "cashing in" on the deal. Wow, imagine that, a Station Manager who refuses good money! Dugan even attempts to ignore his corporate boss' desire to accept this package. Dugan finally gets so tired of saying "no, no, no!" to the Army and his boss, that he quits.

The rest of the on-air and support staff like Dugan a lot, and they dislike the fact that he quit. So they plot revenge against the same people Dugan was fighting with. Their idea of revenge is to go on strike, on the air. They dump all the commercials and go wall-to-wall music.

If you tried something like this in corporate radio today, kiss your job goodbye. So many radio stations today have taken the approach that Dugan so willingly and unselfishly fought against.

So if you like films about radio, or if you want to get a glimpse of how radio really "should be" today, you might find this film worth watching. This movie includes a good musical soundtrack, with bits of songs that were big in the 70's

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