Makers of the documentary film “Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU” pay homage to Milam in the first part of the movie’s title while telling the story of the scrappy, iconoclastic, decidedly not sexy WFMU, a New Jersey station that has the distinction of being the longest-running free-form radio station in the country.
Describing the 2014 documentary as “a funny, woozy, infectiously cheery look at a still-persevering (though struggling) national treasure,” Village Voice film critic Sam Weisberg wrote that “Sex and Broadcasting” “loudly flaunts the bodacious unsexiness of the Jersey City station’s variously overweight and grizzled DJs.”
On Aug. 5, KZMU, Moab’s own scrappy, largely volunteer community radio station will present a screening of “Sex and Broadcasting,” along with a panel discussion afterward that will focus on the relevance and importance of community radio today and where it is headed for the future. The event will be a fundraiser for KZMU, which is now in its 25th year.
The evenings panelists will include Ken Freedman, WFMU’s general manager, who is also featured in the film, as well as Sally Kane, CEO of the National Federation for Community Broadcasters, and others, KZMU officials said in a news release.
The filmmakers have described “Sex and Broadcasting” as “an American tale of life, liberty and independent radio.” In an opening scene to the movie, Freedman is filmed while on the air at WFMU, delivering what amounts to a manifesto. In another scene, Freedman is shown broadcasting from a kayak in a lake while inviting listeners to bring their boats and join him on the water.
In addition to serving as WFMU’s general manager, Freedman also co-hosts the conceptual comedy program “Seven Second Delay” with Andy Breckman and has his own freeform radio program on the station. He is the co-founder of Congera, a public benefit corporation and once served as station manager of WCBN-FM, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s freeform station, where he marked the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan by playing Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To)” for 18 consecutive hours. He has been a DJ at WFMU since 1983 and became general manager in 1985.
Following the film screening and panel discussion, the public is invited to a reception with the panelists at the Helipad, 239 W. Center St., at 9 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be served and the reception is free of charge.
Tickets to “Sex and Broadcasting cost $10 at the door or $5 for KZMU members. The documentary screening is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St.
For more information about the documentary, visit http://wfmuthemovie.com.