Sex and Broadcasting
SEX AND BROADCASTING is a human, and humorous, look at New Jersey’s WFMU, a radio station that refuses any programming boundaries. Most of its disc jockeys are unpaid volunteers, working for their love of surprising, spontaneous radio. They play everything from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to hand-cranked wax cylinders, Inuit marching bands, spoken-word collages and throat singers of the Lower East Side. Their captain is station manager Ken Freedman, who has spent the past three decades keeping WFMU alive, independent, and one of a kind. At 54, Ken has strapped his entire life and family to this crazy station, and it may all soon be a memory. Independent radio faces industry-wide corporate consolidation and the rise of algorithmic radio. As the film unfolds, WFMU reaches a crisis: with six months until their next fundraising marathon, they are almost out of money. Can WFMU stay on the air and stay true to its independent spirit?
Starring Ken Freedman, Bruce Bennett, Tom Scharpling
Director Tim K. Smith