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Transgender Woman Played Big Part in Radio History

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Transgender Woman Big Part of Radio History

The new documentary film “RADIO WARS” has started its 2012 FILM FESTIVAL tour in Seattle, WA and features the story of Dr. Martine Rothblatt, the inventor of satellite radio, and a transgender woman.

Dr. Martine Rothblatt-Founder, Sirius Satellite Radio

RADIO WARS explores the evolution of radio and America’s love affair with music and communication. In the hundred years since its invention, radio has significantly impacted the world, from the way we share information…to the way we wage war. But few are aware of the secret battles for control of the medium.  

Also spotlighted in the film is unsung hero and radio’s inventor Nikola Tesla, shock jock Howard Stern, FM inventor David Armstrong, and the world’s first Virtual Radio DJ: Denise.

SCREENING: Saturday, May 5 @ 2:30pm
ADDRESS: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 

From controversy to corporate rebirth, RADIO WARS will move and inspire you.

CONTACT: 323-521-3409

START DATE 4/27/12
KILL DATE: 5/6/12

Documentary Declares RADIO WAR

In the hundred years since its invention, radio has significantly impacted the world; from the way we share information to the way we wage war.

Hollywood, CA. April 27, 2012. Soon after World War I America began its love affair with radio, unaware of the hidden battles going on behind the scenes since its inception. Who should profit from radio? Who controls its content? Whose interests are threatened as it evolves? Therein lies the conflict that has raged in a dozen arenas over the past century.

This daring film explores the controversy behind the evolution of radio, those who strove to advance the medium, those who sought to turn it to their own benefit, and those who would have destroyed it. RADIO WARS takes audiences on the journey from radio’s beginnings to Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s modern day battle in the stars. This broadcasting clash turned traditional radio business models upside down, redefined free speech, and put a million investors on a billion dollar rollercoaster ride as the companies fought to survive. For a look behind the scenes, visit:

Award Winning Director Sandra Mohr

RADIO WARS Director Sandra Mohr

“The entity that controls broadcasting also controls culture,” says director Sandra Mohr. “It’s time we looked closely at the RADIO WARS throughout history and I hope the film will help viewers to understand how radio’s transformations have had a powerful influence on our personal lives.”

Mohr begins the movie with the very first documented radio war. Many believe that radio technology owes its beginnings to genius inventor Nikola Tesla, who was largely ignored by history when his financier JP Morgan blackballed the inventor for wanting to offer services free of charge. Telsa’s rival Guglielmo Marconi was backed by business giants Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie, and eventually gained worldwide celebrity for the invention. When Marconi won the Nobel Prize in 1911, Tesla was furious.

The film investigates the media battle between the Associated Press and radio. In the early 1920′s, the newspaper industry dominated the field of newsgathering.  Radio was becoming a free channel for the dissemination of information that people could engage in and listen to. Some newspapers got nervous. Print journalists spent nearly a decade trying to block the emergence of broadcast journalism, known as the press-radio war. In fact, in 1922, the Associated Press issued a notice to its members that AP news bulletins were not to be used for purposes of broadcasting. Radio shows were forced to find new ways of obtaining bulletins for their newscasts. CBS and NBC were born out of this battle.

Spotlighted in the film are shock jock Howard Stern, transgender satellite radio inventor Dr. Martine Rothblatt, FM inventor David Armstrong, and the world’s first Virtual DJ: Denise.

First Virtual DJ: Denise Gets Role in New Film “RADIO WARS”

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Video Clips and Photos Provided)

She tells jokes, gives the weather and traffic reports, and just landed a part in the new movie RADIO WARSNot bad for the first day at work.

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San Antonio, TX. (Aug. 24, 2011) The San Antonio radio station KROV debuted the first “Virtual DJ” in history this week. It’s new artificial intelligence software called “Denise” has been programmed to do the announcing between songs instead of a live deejay.

Denise was originally an artificial intelligence (AI) program that was specially developed to serve as a virtual assistant. She could answer phone calls, check email, conduct Web searches as well as schedule appointments. But her job skills are growing and she can now add radio “DJ” to her resume.

According to it’s maker Guile3D, “Denise is a very unique software. Within time, she will improve until the day no one will be able to differentiate her from a real human being.”

Dominique Garcia, a radio personality in San Antonio, purchased Denise and programmed the AI to serve as a radio host. Denise launched her first show on the airwaves  Aug. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. CST on KROV. Film crews were there for the event.

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Director Sandra Mohr sent her camera crew to the studio to offer Denise a part in her upcoming film RADIO WARS-The Historic Battles that Redefined Radio. Denise happily complied. She even signed her own release. She will be seen in the historical documentary due out in September. Mohr is currently offering video clips of this unique day in broadcasting free to the media at the movie site

Not everyone is happy about Denise’s arrival, and many complain the new technology will put flesh-and-blood radio personalities out of work. “A lot of radio DJs are pretty upset with me because it does work,” Garcia told MSNBC.

Dominique Garcia, Introduced “Denise” the First Virtual DJ to Radio. Garcia is also an On-Air Personality and Journalist.

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A script writer will generally tell Denise what to say between music sets, though “she” has the capability to tell jokes, do the weather forecast and find answers on the Internet on her own.

Her creator says the change to a virtual radio host could save stations hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. He told reporters “If you have a staff of five that is paid $100,000 a year each, that’s half-a-million dollars,” he said. “The entire (AI) program is $200, a one-time fee. You never have to pay an annual fee. It never has to go to the bathroom. It never goes on an egomaniac spree. It is always there.”

Music writer and broadcaster Alan Cross reacts with passion writing, “Radio strength is its intimacy.  A good radio personality is your friend, companion and filter. Without a genuine human touch, radio is nothing more than an unprogrammbale iPod.  With commercials.”

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All of the clips on this page are FREE to use when attributed to the movie: RADIO WARS

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Tommy Calvert, Jr., General Manager and Co-Founder for KROV 91.7-HD2FM (San Antonio Community Radio) gives his perspective on the historic broadcast at his station.

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Music Writer and Broadcaster Alan Cross (Ontario, Canada) comments on Denise: The first digital, virtual,  computer DJ in history. She is in the movie RADIO WARS. This clip approved for media use when attributed to the movie RADIO WARS.

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Journalist “Relmor” (Arizona) comments on “Old media vs new media” in the movie RADIO WARS. This clip approved for media use when attributed to the movie RADIO WARS.

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Rick Phebus, Founder of the popular Satellite Radio News site comments on “Old media vs new media” in the movie RADIO WARS. This clip approved for media use when attributed to the movie RADIO WARS.

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Contact Denise’s Creator Dominique Garcia HERE




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Filmmaker Sandra Mohr has directed award winning documentaries and is also a published author based in Hollywood, CA. RADIO WARS will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD in the Fall 2011. Visit for more information.



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