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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.

Sirius XM Merger: Has the Battle Just Begun?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

As of summer 2008, the merger of SIRIUS and XM has been approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. All that has to pass now is the FCC approval, which will then make the merger official. Experts are stating that the merger was all but official for the last year and a half, especially considering that it was questionable if the medium could sustain two healthy competitors. After all, since much of the programming of XM and SIRIUS complements each other, theoretically the two networks could have KO’d each other out of terrestrial radio’s league. Now both companies, standing united as one, are focusing on competing against the real “villain” in this scenario: terrestrial radio.The same terrestrial radio that has continually fined and suspended SIRIUS and XM’s most prolific entertainers like Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony.

The story is certainly a poetic one, particularly if satellite radio were to overpower traditional radio in the coming years. You may wonder how likely that scenario really is. Currently terrestrial radio is a monster, a Godzilla compared to two relatively small firms in XM and SIRIUS.

Some believe that the merger is not yet a threat to terrestrial radio, as so much it is a guarantee that satellite radio will continue to grow and stabilize as a true competitor. The stock market currently lists Sirius shares at $2.80 (as of May 2008) and XM Radio shares at $11.80. The Justice Department, who approved of the merger on March 24, 2008, stated that the agreement between satellite radio companies would not affect the “existing radio sector.”The combined audience of XM and SIRIUS would amount to 17 million listeners. If you are a fan of either XM or SIRIUS, and before now have never considered the other network, then the merger means good news. Company heads announced that existing customers of both XM and SIRIUS would continue to pay for their service but would receive select programming from both services on either platform within half a year of the merger’s finalizing.

What if the customer didn’t want to choose, nor accept only highlights? Would he or she have to subscribe to both services? Not necessarily. The companies plan to release an interoperable receiver in the near future, which will provide listeners the right to listen to all satellite radio programming options from both stations. They would also be allowed to pick a select number of favorite stations from both networks for their subscription. Interestingly, such a receiver has existed all along, but until now was not deemed suitable for the public because of FCC requirements. However, radio times have changed drastically with the merger and the need of such a receiver will continue to increase.

Another concern for potential growth is in the satellite radio-new automobile market. Major companies have been stocking their new cars with satellite radio receivers and offering temporary free subscriptions. However, the question remains whether new car owners will feel compelled to re-subscribe after the term ends.In the coming years, satellite radio will be competing with terrestrial radio, as well as HD radio, WiMAX Mobile Broadcasting and Internet Radio (powered by iPods). Though XM and SIRIUS have called a truce, the battle has just begun in the radio market.

To see the whole story in the movie RADIO WARS.

Howard Stern – A Brief History

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Howard Stern is an American radio personality, television host, actor and an author. He gained his recognition in the 90s with his controversial shows. He worked in the business for over thirty years. He is best known for his show “The Howard Stern Show” airing on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

He was born as Howard Allan Stern on 12th January 1954 to parents Ben and Ray. His father was one of the owners of a sound studio called Aura Recording, Inc., where they produced cartoons and commercials. Stern developed interest in radio at the age of 5 as he visited his father’s work place often. He was influenced by Wally Cox, Don Adams and Larry Storch when he saw them lending voices to his favorite cartoon characters.

His first experience working in the radio came while studying at Boston University where he volunteered to work on the college radio station. He played records, read the news and conducted interviews. Later along with few friends in college he began hosting a comedy show called “King Schmaltz Bagel Hour”, but the show was canceled after its first airing of “Godzilla Goes to Harlem” and they were fired.After getting his first class FCC radiotelephone license he made his professional debut at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. The experience from 1975-81 improved his confidence and also led him to take a more open approach while airing his show. Later he signed a contract with WWDC in Washington, D.C. He was paired with Robin Quivers. But here Stern felt much restricted as the management enforced a strict format. He entered a contract with WNBC for $1 million, which was publicized by the press and his relationship with the management at WWDC worsened and he was suspended.

While working with NBC he again got into trouble for his open talks and was instructed to avoid talks on sexual and religious matters. He was on national spotlight with his first appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” a comedy talk show hosted by David Letterman on NBC. In 1985 the management on the basis of “conceptual differences” fired Robin Quivers and Stern.Later he went on to became the first to hit the New York and Los Angeles Arbitron ratings simultaneously. Stern won the Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year award from the Billboard magazine for eight consecutive years from 1994-2000. Later in 2006 he entered contract with Sirius.

He also got into a television career that included several late night shows and pay-per views and video releases. He also wrote two books named Private Parts and Miss America. Private Parts was made into a film which grossed over $41 million in the USA.

Find out more about Howard Stern and his “RADIO WARS” with the FCC in the new movie.