Radio Unnameable (2012)



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Legendary radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized late night FM radio by serving as a cultural hub for music, politics and audience participation for nearly 50 years. Long before today's innovations in social media, Fass utilized the airwaves for mobilization encouraging luminaries and ordinary listeners to talk openly and take the program in surprising directions. Radio Unnameable is a visual and aural collage that pulls from Bob Fass's immense archive of audio from his program, film, photographs, and video that has been sitting dormant until now. -- (C) Official Site
Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

You're overwhelmed by the feeling that you've seen this tale of corporate greed and arrogant mismanagement before. Still, the filmmakers tell it with gusto.

November 29, 2012
Seattle Times
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Radio Unnameable is at its best when it tries to find some visual analog to Fass' vibe, courtesy of cinematographer John Pirozzi, who takes beautiful snapshots of a sleepless city.

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
AV Club
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Directors Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson weave together archival visual and aural materials along with new interviews with Fass, his wife, Lynnie, and other WBAI alumni.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
New York Post
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A treasure trove of both visual and aural footage makes this terrific doc a keeper. Its affectionate appreciation of one man's long, strange trip through history make it a helluva lot of fun.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
New York Daily News
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It can make you wish - or, if you're lucky, remember - that you were a sleepless New Yorker in 1967, kept from loneliness by a gentle, soulful voice on the radio.

September 18, 2012
New York Times
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A sporadically hard-selling homage to a cult hero from an overchronicled era ...

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Village Voice
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Engrossing but dispiriting look at a late-night radio hero to the counterculture of the late '60s and beyond. Without intending to, this love letter to Bob Fass becomes just as much about the capacity for noxious self-mythologizing and that the accumulation of years doesn't equate to wisdom or perspective.

Anthony Salveggi
Anthony Salveggi

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