Left of the Dial
Alarmed by the growing multitude of conservative talk-radio shows, a group of investors set out to launch a liberal radio network for those whose opinions skewed more to the “Left of the Dial.” The result was Air America Radio. This engaging, fast-paced film charts the long-anticipated rise, scandalous near-fall, and subsequent salvation of the liberal-leaning radio network. Told through verite footage shot at the New York-based station over the course of nine months, the film follows the network’s evolution and features interviews including TV satirist and author Al Franken, liberal radio host Randi Rhodes, stand-up comics Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo, National Public Radio pioneer Katherine Lanpher, and radio personalities Mark Riley and Rachel Maddow.
Starring Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Sam Seder
Director Patrick Farrelly, Patrick Farrelly