Talk Radio (1988) Poster



In his research for the film version, actor Eric Bogosian often watched the on-air production of Tom Leykis' talk show, then originating from Los Angeles station KFI. Bogosian's fictional character in the film shares many speech patterns and mannerisms with real-life talker Leykis.
Eric Bogosian wrote the screenplay with help from director Oliver Stone. The screenplay was almost entirely based on Bogosian's original play and some biographical information about Alan Berg, a talk show host in Denver who was murdered in 1984 by white supremacists.
The Playboy that John C. McGinley is reading has an interview with Oliver Stone in it.
Eric Bogosian's play, on which the film is based, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Michael Wincott also played the role of Kent in the stage version.
The radio tower seen at the end of the film is the tower for KDFW, Dallas' Fox affiliate (although at the time of the film, KDFW was the affiliate for CBS).
The announcer for the radio station is the voice of Chip Moody, who was the news anchor for WFAA, Dallas' ABC affiliate.
John C. McGinley, known as the most frequent acting collaborator of Oliver Stone, had also appeared in the theatrical presentation of Eric Bogosian's play.
This film marked the first time that a Baldwin brother worked with Oliver Stone. After Alec's participation, his other brothers later appeared as cameos in Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
The original off-Broadway production opened at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall on May 29, 1987, ran for 210 performances and closed November 29, 1987. The Broadway revival opened at the Longacre Theater on March 11, 2007, ran for 121 performances and closed on June 24, 2007 winning the 2007 Tony Award® Best Revival of a Play.
Shot over the course of four weeks.
A warehouse in Dallas, Texas was converted into a fully equipped radio station.

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