Tuesday, April 21, 2015

80 Years of Radio in Film

There have been many films about radio. They may focus on a real historical character, pirate radio, corruption, or it may just be fodder for a situation comedy. But there have been many, but with the decline of broadcasting I suspected that the setting of a radio station will resonate with fewer viewers over time and we would see this micro-genre evaporate.

But in raw numbers I see the exact opposite.  In 2012 we had four radio films alone. That's more than we had in the whole 1960s.  I expect that if this were adjust3ed as a percentage of all releases it would conform better to my theory. I excluded all films which aren't focused on radio, or the setting of a radio station or a DJ character. Sleepless in Seattle does not count. Below is a list of feature films about radio and their year of release. I've excluded short films and foreign (non-english) films...mostly because they're hard to confirm.

  • Roswell FM (2015)
  • Dear White People (2014)
  • Shoplifters of the World (2013)
  • Corporate FM (2012) - Documentary
  • Radio Unnameable (2012) -Documentary
  • Radio Rebel (2012)
  • Campus Radio (2011)
  • A.M. Mayhem (2011) -Documentary
  • FM 1992 (2011) -Documentary
  • Midnight FM (2010)
  • Pirate Radio (2009)
  • Naked Radio (2009)
  • Dead Air (2009)
  • Radio: Love on Air (2009)
  • College Radio Sucks (2008)
  • Radio Daze: Cleveland's FM Air Wars (2008) - Documentary
  • Talk to Me (2007)
  • A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
  • Radio Free St. Louis (2003)  -Documentary
  • Radio (2001)
  • Representative Radio (2001)
  • Mai FM: Behind the Airwaves (2000)
  • Radio Free Steve (2000)
  • Private Parts (1997)
  • The Radio One Story (1997 Documentary)
  • Signing Off (1997)
  • Mother Night (1996)
  • Power 98 (1996)
  • Airheads (1994)
  • Radioland Murders (1994)
  • Bad Channels (1992)
  • Straight Talk (1992)
  • Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991) - Documentary
  • Pump Up The Volume (1990)
  • Zoo Radio (1990)
  • Tune in Tomorrow (1990)
  • Talk Radio (1988)
  • Radio Days (1987)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Born in Flames (1983)
  • On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (1979)
  • FM (1978)
  • The Good Old Days of Radio (1976) -Documentary
  • The Disappearance of Aimee (1976)
  • A Cry for Help (1975)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • The Big Broadcast (1962)
  • The Gleiwitz Case (1961)
  • A Face in the Crowd (1957)
  • Disc Jockey (1951)
  • Behind Your Radio Dial (1948) -Documentary
  • Tokyo Rose (1946)
  • Who Done It? (1942)
  • Radio Surprises (1940)
  • The Big Broadcast (1935)
  • Radio Pirates (1935)
  • The Big Broadcast (1932)