Legendary radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized the FM airwaves in the 1960s and '70s with his free-form program Radio Unnameable, a cultural hub for music, politics, and audience engagement.
For nearly 50 years, he has been heard at midnight on New York City listener-sponsored station WBAI, utilizing the airwaves for mobilization long before today's innovations in social media. Drawing from Fass's extraordinary personal archive of audio recordings — including interviews with Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman, and performances by Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Carly Simon — Radio Unnameable celebrates the profoundly influential career of one of radio's unsung heroes.
A Kino Lorber release
2012 // USA // 87 min
“Mr. Fass narrates old war (and antiwar) stories with vivid clarity and impeccable timing... It can make you wish — or, if you’re lucky, remember — that you were a sleepless New Yorker in 1967, kept from loneliness by a gentle, soulful voice on the radio.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“A flavorsome local history, a celebration of the broadcast medium, and a movie that approaches the...60s counterculture from a fresh angle. Fass was in a sense New York’s quintessential (East) Village voice — the great ongoing commentator on unbelievable oddness of boho life in Mayor Lindsay’s ‘fun city’.” - J. Hoberman, Artinfo
"“RADIO UNNAMEABLE superbly recreates a time when the radio mattered.”– Robert Silva, Indiewire