Sex And Broadcasting

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‘HEARTFELT, GRITTY, AND INFORMATIVE, AND YOU DON’T REALLY WANT IT TO END.” Village Voice. KBOO 90.7 FM, est.1968, brings you this gripping yet comical film about WFMU, a sister independent radio station established in 1958 that refuses any programming boundaries. Most of its disc jockeys are unpaid volunteers, working for their love of surprising, spontaneous radio. As the film unfolds, WFMU reaches a crisis: With six months until their next fundraising marathon, they are almost out of money. Can WFMU stay on the air and stay true to its independent spirit? SEX AND BROADCASTING explores the past and present of this essential, weird and utterly unique American institution while telling the gripping, yet comical, story of its fight for survival.

WFMU station manager Ken Freedman, who has spent the past three decades keeping WFMU alive, independent and one of a kind. At fifty-four, Ken has strapped his entire life and family to this crazy station, and it may all soon be a memory. Since the introduction of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, radio has seen massive corporate consolidation. This has dramatically decreased the diversity of music formats being broadcast nationally and has eliminated many independent and local voices from the public airwaves.
Simultaneously, the rise of algorithmic internet radio models (Pandora, Spotify, iTunes and Clear Channel's iHeartRadio) that deliver "automated music recommendations" has tightened the screws on smaller players that attempt to use the internet to bring human-controlled radio to larger audiences.
During this time WFMU, through it's foresight and perseverance, has served as a beacon of hope for those who love music and believe in the importance of truly independent media outlets. The film weaves personal stories of WFMU's eccentric DJs with an exploration of the 21st-century media landscape that has made the station such a rarity.
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