Bob Fass and his impact on New York radio and the counter culture through his long relationship with WBAI is examined in this interesting documentary. The wealth of personalities who appeared on his show over the years delivers a snapshot of a New York past and a legacy/source of inspiration for generations past and future. Fass is a pioneer of free form radio and an inspiration for the myriad of modern media.
That voice! This movie is so artfully and sympathetically done, it even makes you take the yippees seriously. And why not, you might ask? Capture the oral/aural history of the time and place, the movement toward a community that happened around WBAI, the voice that propelled it. Beautifully done.
Great documentary on a radio personality few of us may know, but who had a profound effect on so many. Equally interesting was showing how the community that became his listeners, even in a city the size of NYC, could come together to do good, positive things. Add to that the fact that Bob Fass actually listened to his listeners, thereby really creating a dynamic between himself and his audience. A rare thing indeed.
Fass pioneered "free-form," uncurated talk radio. He had complete license to do whatever he wanted at WBAI, and he happened to come along during the birth of the '60s counter-culture movement. He broadcast the youth movement, anti-war demonstrations, and gave a lot of musicians their first big audience. The part about the suicide call is mindblowing. Fascinating look at technology, radio, 60s & 70s cultural history.
Fascinating insight into one aspect of organic methods of social mobilization in the 60's, showing us again that people want the collective experience over the fear riddled idea of difference and isolation.