1996 FCC act caused many stations to be bought and sold at random. The End of the World As We Knew It, tells of one station that was self owned and did what ever the hell they wanted to. In 1996 though, the station was sold to Clear Channel and soon after they were forced to change formats. The story is told through the people who knew the station best, the disc jockeys. Also we hear from bands of the 90's Alt-rock era who give their side to the story. Written by
I just finished watching this film at the Cleveland Film Festival. Poor audio (mainly sync issues) and low quality video (looked like it was shot with a handycam) caused my score to be low.
The film has a good premise with the idea that an alternative station was forced to abandon ship and join the corporate world, but the story was not told well. Some of the interviews went on way too long, and there was really no conflict developed in the story. I really didn't care about the issues the movie was trying to portray.
I may be wrong here, but it also made it seem that it was all independently owned until Clear Channel bought them in 1999, but Clear Channel is the one that made the station switch from Power 108 to the End in the first place back in 1992. Radio One is the company that made them go to hip hop.
There were just too many general film making problems that caused me to dislike this film. Assistant was even spelled wrong in the credits. That just added to the idea that this was sloppily put together by someone who wanted to make a movie without regard to good storytelling or technique.
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