Radio Revolution DVD

“Exuberantly nostalgic. Briskly paced and smartly edited, McNamara displays a fan’s warm zeal and a historian’s sharp eye”

—Joe Leydon, Variety

“If you thought the gang at WKRP in Cincinnati was wild, wait until you meet the characters who ruled an Ontario radio station in the late 1960’s and ‘70’s. A lively mix of skilled storytelling and music...great style and a stellar choice of images... McNamara’s musical flair is evident in the film’s structural rhythm and soundtrack”

—Allison Cunningham, TV Times

Radio Revolution had its world premiere at the 2004 South by Southwest Film and Music Festival in Austin Texas. Television premiere broadcast was April 2004 on History Television Canada.


2004 SXSW Film & Music Festival

The San Fransisco Documentary Film Festival

The Montreal World Film Festival

Taos Vision Quest Film Festival

Little Rock Doc Festival

Orinda Film Festival

Radio Revolution is a feature length documentary that investigates the international social, political and musical impact of radio stations CKLW during the 1960s and 70s. CKLW was the sonic mirror of Windsor's sister city, separated by a half a mile of dirty Detroit River water - reflecting excitement, prosperity, exuberance, soul, creativity - and bloody murder. The station provided the soundtrack to the days of postwar industrial prosperity, through the rising social unrest and racial tension, leading up to the explosion of the most violent of all the race riots in the US during the disastrous summer of 1967, and the shockwaves and renaissance efforts that followed.

Through a combination of scores of personal anecdotes from CKLW alumni, memorabilia and recordings, rare never-before-seen film and photographs of CKLW in it's heyday, vintage and contemporary footage of both Detroit and Windsor, Radio Revolution sheds new insights into this little-known chapter of 20th Century pop culture history.

Four Years in the making, the film features music and stories from Bob Seger, Steppenwolf, The Who, Alice Cooper, Kiss, The Guess Who, Tony Orlando, Elton John, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marvin Gaye, The Ohio Players, The Parliaments, Funkadelic and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

A feature length documentary. Produced by Judy Holm. Written, directed and narrated by Michael McNamara. Original music by Kurt Swinghammer.

Extra Features on the Special Edition DVD include:

Deleted Documentary Scenes:

- The Detroit Music Scene and the Big 8
- Funky Chicken on Swingin Time
- Did You See the Bullet Hole? (a 20/20 confession)

- Behind closed doors and on-the-air at the private 2002 Big 8 Reunion
- Swinghammer Time! (The soundtrack recording sessions)
- Jingling All the Way - why some people sing and others go into Radio!

Plus Extra Stories, anecdotes and outtakes from D.J.s, Staff and Stars, and a huge gallery of production photographs, vintage stills and artwork.

The documentary only is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

This exhaustive collection of pop and soul history and CKLW memorabilia is available nowhere else, and for a limited time. A perfect Christmas Gift for music and radio fans of all ages.

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