PLAYING IN THE FM BAND: THE STEVE POST STORY
Opens Friday, March 11
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ROSEMARIE REED
“Just when you think you’ve scraped the bottom, you find you’ve only scraped the surface,” opined Steve Post (1944-2014), the brilliant, sardonic WBAI (and later WNYC) radio host whose voice was a familiar tonic during Watergate, the Vietnam War, the Nixon era, and beyond. Like Capote and Mailer, creators of the nonfiction novel, Post personalized the political and politicized the personal – pioneering freeform radio by improvising self-deprecating stories drawn from his childhood, page one of the New York Times, or (his personal nemesis) Richard Nixon (“Give him the shaft”). Some of his favorite guests: Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner (publisher of The Realist), Marshall Efron, Marilyn Sokol, and John Lithgow. Filmmaker Rosemarie Reed recreates a time when this curmudgeonly comic genius turned radio into a medium that was of the moment: both endlessly entertaining and profoundly enlightening. Plus he was very, very funny.
Presented with support from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund.
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