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The Best Movies About Radio DJ’s

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As we mourn the loss of Robin Williams, his timeless role of disk jockey Adrian Cronauer in the film “Good Morning, Vietnam” inspired me to rank my all time favorite radio movies.

1. Private Parts – Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the influence Howard Stern has had on radio, and pop culture.  This 1997 is funny, raunchy and clever.

2. American Graffiti – Although it’s not about radio, this classic 1973 George Lucas film wouldn’t be the same without the legendary voice of Wolfman Jack. The film, which follows a group of high school students and recent graduates on a typical night, features a scene where one character embarks on a quest to meet the famous Wolfman in the studio where he broadcasts.

3. FM – This 1978 cult classic revolves around a popular rock n roll radio station in Los Angeles where the DJ’s launch a revolt to protest management’s decision to run advertisements for the United States Army.

4. Play Misty for Me – Clint Eastwood stars in this 1971 thriller about a DJ who meets, and later has sex with an obsessed female fan.  The fan stalks the DJ until he is forced to kill her in self defense.

5. Talk Radio – This 1988 Oliver Stone film is loosely based on the life Allan Berg, the Denver talk show host who was murdered by a white supremacist.

Honorable Mentions:

Pump Up the Volume, staring Christian Slater as a disaffected teenager who operates a pirate radio station from his parent’s basement using the name “Happy Harry Hard On”.

Pirate Radio stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in the story of a pirate radio station in the 1960’s that broadcast without a license from a ship sailing off the coast of England.

Airheads is a comedy staring Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler as members of a band who take a radio station hostage in order to get their song played on the air.

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