Radio Unnameable

Directed by Jessica Wolfson and Paul Lovelace

Synopsis

Legendary radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized the FM airwaves in the 1960s and '70s with his free-form program Radio Unnameable, a cultural hub for music, politics, and audience engagement. For nearly 50 years, he has been heard at midnight on New York City listener-sponsored station WBAI, utilizing the airwaves for mobilization long before today's innovations in social media. Drawing from Fass's extraordinary personal archive of audio recordings — including interviews with Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman, and performances by Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Carly Simon — Radio Unnameable celebrates the profoundly influential career of one of radio's unsung heroes.

Film Info

Release Year: 2012
Running Time: 87
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Legendary radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized the FM airwaves in the 1960s and '70s with his free-form program Radio Unnameable, a cultural hub for music, politics, and audience engagement.

For nearly 50 years, he has been heard at midnight on New York City listener-sponsored station WBAI, utilizing the airwaves for mobilization long before today's innovations in social media. Drawing from Fass's extraordinary personal archive of audio recordings, including interviews with Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman, and performances by Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Carly Simon, Radio Unnameable celebrates the profoundly influential career of one of radio's unsung heroes.

Crew

  • Directed by Jessica Wolfson, Paul Lovelace

Reviews

"Mr. Fass narrates old war (and antiwar) stories with vivid clarity and impeccable timing... 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" - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A flavorsome local history, a celebration of the broadcast medium, and a movie that approaches the...60s counterculture from a fresh angle. Fass was in a sense New York’s quintessential (East) Village voice — the great ongoing commentator on unbelievable oddness of boho life in Mayor Lindsay's fun city" - J. Hoberman, Artinfo

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Photos

  • Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson, directors of RADIO UNNAMEABLE. © Robin Holland. A Kino Lorber release.
    • Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson, directors of RADIO UNNAMEABLE. Photo by John Pirozzi. A Kino Lorber release.
      • Bob Fass (foreground), subject of Jessican Wolfson and Paul Lovelace’s RADIO UNNAMEABLE, covering the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami. Courtesy of Bob Fass. A Kino Lorber release.
        • Bob Fass, subject of Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson’s RADIO UNNAMEABLE. Courtesy of Bob Fass. A Kino Lorber release.
          • Bob Fass, subject of Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson’s RADIO UNNAMEABLE. Courtesy of Bob Fass. A Kino Lorber release.
            • Bob Fass, subject of Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson’s RADIO UNNAMEABLE. Courtesy of Bob Fass. A Kino Lorber release.
              • Bob Fass, subject of Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson’s RADIO UNNAMEABLE. Courtesy of Bob Fass. A Kino Lorber release.
                • Bob Fass (front), subject of Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson’s RADIO UNNAMEABLE (opening September 19 at Film Forum), in his WBAI studio with Abbie Hoffman. Photo by Robert Altman. A Kino Lorber release.