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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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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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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 (United States) – See 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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