Mike Halloran knows music


Kevin McKinney, Radio Lover

Kevin McK­in­ney (director/producer/editor/camera)  Born in Wies­baden Ger­many,  as a US mil­i­tary depen­dent, McK­in­ney has wit­nessed the impact of local broad­cast­ing on many dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and cul­tures. This led him to make Cor­po­rate FM when he began to see the resource of radio in the Unit­ed States lose local own­er­ship in the late 90s. He has spo­ken at the Nation­al Press Club about the reper­cus­sions of con­sol­i­da­tion in radio. He has trav­eled the nation espous­ing the ben­e­fits of local broad­cast­ing and is an ardent sup­port­er of NPR and com­mu­ni­ty radio.  McK­in­ney grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas with a dou­ble major in Soci­ol­o­gy and Theatre/Film. His fea­ture doc­u­men­tary work includes cam­era and sound on “Body of War” direct­ed by Phil Don­ahue. He played Abra­ham Lin­coln in Spike Lee’s “Con­fed­er­ate States of Amer­i­ca” He is a win­ner or the Aspir­ing Filmmakers’s Award for his pre­vi­ous film Plan­et Trash.


Jill McKeeverJill McK­eev­er (producer/editor) is a cross-dis­ci­pli­nary artist liv­ing in Kansas City, MO. With a back­ground in music, dance, graph­ic design, web, video edit­ing, and sound design, she is drawn to a large vari­ety of work. In addi­tion to shoot­ing, edit­ing, and pro­duc­ing Corporate.FM, she is a botan­i­cal per­fumer and own­er of ‘For Strange Women’ per­fume. Addi­tion­al projects range from her iphone app “Cat Trans­la­tor” to exper­i­men­tal audio and music record­ings. Jill’s love for music and desire to sup­port the bands that act as a deeply unit­ing force drew her to Kevin’s mes­sage in “Corporate.FM”.

Jeff Peak, VideographerJeff Peak (direc­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy) Jeff is an inde­pen­dent cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er, direc­tor and pro­duc­er.  His past work includes the inde­pen­dent fea­ture doc­u­men­tary Kansas vs Dar­win, which he shot and co-pro­duced, and the inde­pen­dent fea­ture Play On.  His films have been seen in fes­ti­vals from Wichi­ta to Wales.  The inter­est in doc­u­men­taries stems from his start at a PBS affil­i­ate where he began his career as an edi­tor and shoot­er, and a brief stint as a news cam­era­man and edi­tor on the island of Grena­da, W.I.   Jeff has been rec­og­nized with acco­lades that include mul­ti­ple Emmy awards, fes­ti­val audi­ence awards and var­i­ous cor­po­rate film­mak­ing plaques, tro­phies, and drink coast­ers.   Jeff resides with his wife and two chil­dren, in Kansas City, Missouri.


Danny Cox, Musician, NarratorDan­ny Cox (Nar­ra­tor) record­ed his first album “Live at 7 Cities” at the 7 Cities Tav­ern in Cincin­nati Ohio in 1963.  AM radio sta­tion WCKY played this album giv­ing him a reg­u­lar fol­low­ing.  Dan­ny says that it “jump-start­ed his career”.  From a young age Dan­ny has cared deeply about civ­il rights and his com­mu­ni­ty.  He marched (and was arrest­ed) as an 8th grad­er so that African-Amer­i­cans would have the right to go to the same swim­ming pool as every­one else.  This pas­sion stayed with him and touch­es his work as a song­writer and music edu­ca­tor today.  He has writ­ten lyrics and music for sev­er­al plays from the African-Amer­i­can per­spec­tive includ­ing “Fair Ball” about the Kansas City Mon­archs and “Black Cow­boy Sings”.  He has released 8 records since his ear­ly record­ings at the 7 Cities. He has played Carnegie Hall. Today he is very active teach­ing chil­dren about folk music and their place and respon­si­bil­i­ty in the lega­cy of civ­il rights.

Michael HalloranMichael Hal­lo­ran has an ear for poten­tial and has used that ear to dis­cov­er and pros­per the local musi­cians wher­ev­er he has lived.  In San Diego he intro­duced the city to its own emerg­ing tal­ent.  Those bands, includ­ing Blink 182, Jew­el, Jason Mraz, and Anya Mari­na went on to become part of the larg­er Amer­i­can cul­ture. It used to be that bands were able to reach new lev­els in their careers because some­one at their local radio sta­tion cared enough to play them when they were unknown and with­out con­tracts.  These musi­cians quick­ly went from gigs at bars to are­nas. Mike was edu­cat­ed in Eng­land where he was heav­i­ly influ­enced by the leg­endary DJ John Peel. Today he is work­ing on a local TV show called “SD Music Scene”.

Jewel MusicianJew­el (Kilch­er) was liv­ing in her van on the streets of San Diego when 91x first start­ed play­ing a boot­leg record­ing of her over the air­waves in a steady rota­tion.    Because of this, she became a house­hold name in that city long before she was known to the rest of the coun­try.  Her folksy unplugged style was a depar­ture for what rock radio tra­di­tion­al­ly had played. Her first album sold 12 mil­lion copies and she graced the cov­er of Newsweek with the byline: “Macho music is out…”.  She had helped her­ald in a new pop­u­lar music move­ment exem­pli­fied by “Lilith Fair”.  Today as a proud moth­er she has record­ed an album of lul­la­bies.  Jew­el can also be seen tour­ing with her lat­est music and show­er­ing atten­tion onto her devot­ed fans that fol­low her online.

Wayne CoyneWayne Coyne is the lead singer for the Flam­ing Lips.  He lives and works in Okla­homa City where he is also an ambas­sador for the cities’ devel­op­ment .   His psy­che­del­ic space rock music was first played on a local col­lege radio sta­tion in Nor­man Okla­homa.  The band received it’s big break when a col­lege radio sta­tion in San Fran­cis­co Cal­i­for­nia that had ties to Warn­er Bros start­ed play­ing their first album.

Tom BunchTom Bunch has worked as a con­cert pro­mot­er, tal­ent buy­er, venue own­er, event pro­duc­er, band man­ag­er and con­sul­tant. In these roles has worked with Toad­ies, But­t­hole Surfers, Red Hot Chili Pep­pers, Nir­vana, NIN. Pearl Jam, Janes Addiction,Public Ene­my, George Clin­ton, John­ny Depp, Beast­ie Boys, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and many oth­er well-known acts. He wit­nessed first-hand the con­sol­i­da­tion of the once diverse and com­pet­i­tive con­cert pro­mot­ing, record label and radio busi­ness’. He main­tains that new pop­u­lar music move­ments have not ger­mi­nat­ed since the music busi­ness start­ed oper­at­ing by num­bers instead of love for music. He is how­ev­er doing his part to pro­mote new sounds. Today he rep­re­sents Makana, the Hawai­ian Slack gui­tarist whose song “We Are the Many” <http://makanamusic.com/albums/albums-by-makana/we-are-the-many/> has become an anthem for the “Occu­py” movement.

Josh KosmanJosh Kos­man  is a for­mer edi­tor at Mergermarket.com and a for­mer senior writer for The Deal and Buy­outs Newslet­ter. He dis­cov­ered while cov­er­ing the finance indus­try that the Buy­out barons from the 1980s were still around under a new name: “Pri­vate Equi­ty”. He says the pub­lic need­ed to know that many com­pa­nies were being mort­gaged and it was the pub­lic that was pay­ing the price through loss of jobs and tax rev­enue. Over 10 years he devel­oped the con­cept of “The Buy­out of Amer­i­ca”, a book aimed at a gen­er­al audi­ence. Pen­guin’s Port­fo­lio divi­sion pub­lished the expose in 2009. Hyper­link: http://buyoutofamerica.com

Jeanne AshleyJeanne Ash­ley began her radio career while still in High School, on the Armed Forces “Far East Net­work”. Since 1989, she has worked con­tin­u­al­ly at sta­tions in Hamp­ton VA, Uti­ca NY, Syra­cuse, NY, and Kansas City, MO. Jeanne is cur­rent­ly the evening per­son­al­i­ty at 101.5 LITE FM (WLYF) in Mia­mi Flori­da.  “My hope for this indus­try is a wide­spread return to true live and local radio. I can dream, can’t I?”

Michael Copps is a for­mer com­mis­sion­er of the FCC (Fed­er­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion). Unlike most FCC com­mis­sion­ers, Chair­man Copps has not used his posi­tion in gov­ern­ment to gain finan­cial wind­falls from big media own­ers. He may be found speak­ing on behalf of the pub­lic inter­est as a spe­cial advi­sor to non­par­ti­san media advo­ca­cy groups such as Com­mon Cause.

Jeff Peter­son’s work at KLZR “the Laz­er” put Lawrence, Kansas on the map as a music des­ti­na­tion. Emerg­ing bands from across the US were often shocked when Lawrence crowds would sing along to songs that were not wide­ly known any­where else. Jef­f’s reg­u­lar rota­tion of local bands along­side pop­u­lar new bands on his show helped push the local bands into big­ger venues. Jeff adds: “The love of music inspired me to get into radio, and in turn radio fueled my pas­sion for music.”

Rose Diehl (KMAJ) worked at the same radio sta­tion in Tope­ka, KS for over 28 years. Even though she was cut by the new own­ers, (Cumu­lus) she said she still felt incred­i­bly blessed to have been able to build a last­ing rela­tion­ship with her lis­ten­ers. Her audi­ence rec­og­nized her voice as they would a fam­i­ly mem­ber. Rose’s hope is to one day again work for a mom & pop-owned radio sta­tion that is involved in the com­mu­ni­ty. She says, “You can not serve the pub­lic if you are just voice-tracked and not there…You got­ta have some­body there in the stu­dio to answer the phone. That’s the connection…and now with all the social media, that’s impor­tant [too] but you’ve got to be in the stu­dio to interact.”

Slack­er is a “radio per­son­al­i­ty”. A gift­ed enter­tain­er, he engages and moti­vates lis­ten­ers to sup­port his sta­tion and com­mu­ni­ty. At KY102 he had the fund­ing and man­age­r­i­al sup­port that he need­ed to moti­vate the com­mu­ni­ty to unite, includ­ing city-wide parades and week-long par­ties lead­ing up to con­certs. He was also able to share his life with his lis­ten­ers more open­ly before Djs became restrict­ed to 15 sec­ond sound­bites. His like­able per­sona and hon­esty helped the city get to know itself and grow.

Sean Pass­more aka “Chuck Tay­lor” was the local music direc­tor and night DJ at KLZR. Nei­ther of those titles exist any­more. The night DJ spot is where emerg­ing DJs honed their tal­ent before they became great day­time music cura­tors. The elim­i­na­tion of that night shift posi­tion is a key fac­tor con­tribut­ing to the death of com­mer­cial radio, as there is no train­ing ground for the next gen­er­a­tion. Sean left radio as so many ris­ing stars have because their shifts are now “voice tracked”  by the few remain­ing staff.  Their poten­tial to be influ­en­tial play­ers in the com­mu­ni­ty and music scene no longer exists.

Jer­iney Fulcher is a young ded­i­cat­ed DJ at a cor­po­rate radio rock sta­tion. In addi­tion to her job with a morn­ing show, she comes into the stu­dio on Sun­day nights when no one else is around to vol­un­teer host the only local rock music show on cor­po­rate radio.  This Sun­day night show is a rare out­let for local musi­cians to be heard on air.  Jer­iney is liv­ing proof that there are still DJs that care about new music and a local scene.

David Lawrence worked at WDAF in Kansas City from 1973–2008. His coun­try music audi­ence includ­ed every­one from chil­dren to grand­mas.  After con­sol­i­da­tion, he says that radio aban­doned the “over-60 crowd” as the “coun­try com­mu­ni­ty” was rede­fined as 25–54 males. He loved the broad cat­a­log of coun­try music that he was free to play before con­sol­i­da­tion. The DJs nev­er felt burned out on the music when they were “run­ning the table,” he says.  David was a co-host of Chil­dren’s Mir­a­cle Net­work telethon as well as the East­er-Seal telethon on a local TV sta­tion. David host­ed remote broad­casts to mobi­lize and unite lis­ten­ers, and he and his wife Dean­na per­son­al­ly start­ed the “Turkey Day Radio­thon” for the Sal­va­tion Army. Unfor­tu­nate­ly his abil­i­ty to use broad­cast­ing for char­i­ty sup­port dimin­ished when restric­tions were placed on how much he was allowed talk on-air. Like many oth­ers, he left radio because it was no longer a pos­i­tive work environment.

Erich “Man­cow” Muller is a syn­di­cat­ed radio per­son­al­i­ty.  His show, “The Man­cow Radio Expe­ri­ence”, based in Chica­go plays in fifty mar­kets.  Syn­di­cat­ed shows have thrived amidst radio con­sol­i­da­tion.  Even so, he still does not believe that con­sol­i­da­tion was a good thing for radio.  “We’ve ruined all the spawn­ing grounds [for new radio tal­ent].  Where are these guys going to start? They’re going to start on small radio sta­tions.  Those have all been bought by the cor­po­ra­tions and now it’s all com­put­er record­ed voic­es”.  He adds that “Con­sol­i­da­tion is ruin­ing radio because when you own every­thing there is no incen­tive to be the best”.

Hank Booth is the for­mer own­er of KLWN and KLZR.   His morn­ing show “Accord­ing to the Record” on the AM dial focus­es exclu­sive­ly on his home town of Lawrence Kansas.   Like so many local own­ers, Hank takes an active role in serv­ing the com­mu­ni­ty.   Because of this, he is well-known and his sta­tions have been pop­u­lar with lis­ten­ers.  He often quotes his father Arden Booth as say­ing “The one rea­son we exist, is to serve the peo­ple in our imme­di­ate lis­ten­ing area”.

Steve Wil­son heard the Bea­t­les when he was eleven years old and every­thing changed. He went through the motions of get­ting an edu­ca­tion, cul­mi­nat­ing in a His­to­ry degree at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas. While in col­lege he wrote for sev­er­al peri­od­i­cals, always about music. He con­tin­ues writ­ing and blog­ging about music to this day. His band, the crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed Thumbs, record­ed two albums and sundry oth­er record­ings between 1977 and 1985. The Mahoots, with whom he has played and record­ed since 1986 are respon­si­ble for four albums. Wil­son also has a new project called the Liquor Bud­dies. His bread and but­ter has been record retail, hav­ing worked for Kief’s Music in Lawrence, Kansas since his col­lege days. From jour­nal­ist to disc jock­ey, from retail record guy to rock­er, Wil­son is pre­oc­cu­pied with music and his diverse back­ground makes him a knowl­edge­able resource on the sub­ject of pop­u­lar music and the indus­try that serves and destroys it.

Robert W. McCh­es­ney is a pro­fes­sor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois in Cham­pagne Urbana. He is author of numer­ous books includ­ing “Dig­i­tal Dis­con­nect: How Cap­i­tal­ism is Turn­ing the Inter­net Against Democ­ra­cy”. He is a found­ing mem­ber of the media advo­ca­cy group “Free Press”.

Sue Wil­son (no rela­tion to Steve Wil­son) is an inves­tiga­tive reporter who focus­es on the media con­sol­i­da­tion beat.   She vis­it­ed Minot, ND  for her film “Broad­cast Blues” to inves­ti­gate why Clearchan­nel did noth­ing to warn it’s lis­ten­ers after a train derailed  result­ing in a mas­sive anhy­drous ammo­nia leak. Her film also shows how cor­po­rate finan­cial inter­ests forced Phil Don­ahue off CNBC before the Iraq war.

John McGrath was a TV News anchor and News Pho­tog­ra­ph­er at FOX41 in Kansas City dur­ing the mid to late 90’s.  His unique tal­ents of both on-cam­era host­ing and behind-cam­era pro­duc­tion gave his sto­ries an edge that became indica­tive of the time. Crazy angles, flash zooms, and hard-dri­ving local music were a sig­na­ture of sto­ries that spoke to a younger audi­ence than that of which TV news pro­grams tra­di­tion­al­ly catered too. Because of this, McGrath’s sto­ries car­ry a rel­e­vance today with view­ers who remem­ber his con­tri­bu­tion to the iden­ti­ty of Kansas City.

Dan Ver­beck was a com­mer­cial radio reporter for 980 KMBZ AM for 23 years. He left com­mer­cial radio for pub­lic radio sta­tion KCUR for less pay but for the abil­i­ty to do longer in-depth pieces. He retired in 2014

Cred­its in film

Direct­ed by

Kevin McK­in­ney

Pro­duced by

Jill McK­eev­er & Kevin McKinney


Exec­u­tive Producer

Melvin Broek


Lew Dickey
Jeanne Ashley
Big N Rich
Jon Mandel
John McGrath
Josh Kosman
Steve Wilson
Pat Powers
David Lawrence
Bri­an Adams
Tom Bunch
Michael Halloran
Jon Harrison
Hern­don Hasty
Eric Boehlert
John Harper
“Man­cow” Muller
Dick Fatherley
Justin Bale
Rose Diehl
Kyle Akers
Ryan Whitehouse
Bo McCall
Jer­iney Fulcher
Joel Hornbostel
Stan Henry
Sean Passmore
Hank Booth
Jeff Petterson
Sue Wilson
James Christos
Chuck Haddix
Vick­ie Walker
Dan Verbeck
Steve Bell
Hen­ry Asbel

Sean Dyer

Wayne Coyne


Dan­ny Cox


Asso­ciate Producers
Mad­i­na Salaty
Ken­neth Bjørn Froholdt


Sto­ry Consultants
Berna­dine Colish
Todd Norris


Direc­tor of Photography
Jeff Peak


Cam­era Operators
Hanu­mon Brown-Eagle
Bill Connely
Dale Hammer
Rob Hubbard
Ty Jones
Antho­ny Ladesich
Christo­pher Lollar
Jill McKeever
Ken Ridgeway
Jeromie P. Whalen
Andrew Wegst
Shawn Wright
Peter von Ziegesar


Assis­tant Camera
Eric Dickenson
Kelsey Amara


Red Tech
Collin Martin


Boom Oper­a­tors
Rob Hubbard
Mike Neu
Jill McKeever
John­ny Stark
Aman­da Shaw Newsome


Jon Tenholder


Pro­duc­tion Assistants
Hank Jackson
Kit Shea


*San Diego Unit*


Direc­tor of Photography
Chris Andrus


Sound Recordist
Lewis Cooper


Chelsie Simmons


Sec­ond Unit Direc­tor of Photography
Kevin McKinney


Jill McK­eev­er
Kevin McKinney


3D Ani­ma­tion
Doug Johnston


2D Ani­ma­tion
Bri­an Mehrens
Mike Snell
Kevin McKinney


Logo Design
Jill McKeever


Rights and Permissions
Kate Coe


Orig­i­nal Music
Chris Crabtree
Jill McKeever
Clay Vernon
Rich Hill


Ariel Pilot
Lisa Richman


Archival Footage
John McGrath
Prelinger Archives
Jew­el Footage
Cour­tesy of Chan­nel 4 San Diego
Cox Media
Jew­el Pho­tos: West Kennerly
Archival KYYS Footage: Scott Sheridan
Archival KLZR Cable 6 Footage: Cody Howard
KU Archives
Spencer Research Library: Sher­ry Williams
Jerome Booth


KLZR Driver….….Cypress Frankenfeld
Base­ball Kid………….….Timothy Clark
Cop…………………………Todd Panza
Voter…………….………..Jill McKeever
Chuck Taylor…………..Sean Passmore
Kid letter…………..….Lucy Molholland
Mom Letter……..………Kristen France
Grand­ma Letter…………..Cleofa Herla
Gallery Curator…………….Joy Moeller
Rat………………….……Rita Doorknob
Sta­tion Manager…….……..Hank Booth
Pro­gram Director……………..Liz Boyer
Asst. PD………………..Ethan Simmons
Music Director………….Ken Ridgeway
Asst. MD………………Kevin McKinney
Pro­mo­tions Dir…………..Lisa Richman
Executive.…..…………..Tony Michaels
Biker…….……………………Ray Finley
Bik­er .……………………..Ken­ny Reed
Biker………………………..Dave Reed
Banker….……………….Jeph Scanlon
Bidder………………………..Heidi Van
Auctioneer……………..Jason R Roske
Grandma………………..Fern Hubbard
CD Man………………..L Rob Hubbard
Pan­do­ra Woman….…..Monica McAtee
Husband……………ChadLee McAttee
Tim Dukes……..………….Andy Wegst
Mom with Check…….…..Amy Couture
Kid with Check…….…….Kate Couture
Kid #2 w/Check…….…….Leo Couture
Man on Bus……..…………Eric Carver
Man on Bus #2…….….Eric Dickenson
Employ­ee #1…………Marthe Tamblyn
Employ­ee #2………….. Jeff Anderson
Driver……………………Mark Cabrera


Musi­cian Portraits
Chris Crab­tree and the Pants
Bob Walkenhorst
Clay Vernon
Dan­ny Cox


Spe­cial Thanks
Michael  Copps
Jer­ry Del Colliano
Sarah Price
Max Floyd
Tan­na Guthrie
Tom Crane
Steve Peters
Rich Hill
Chris Crabtree
19 Below
Jeff Carson
Bil­ly Smith
Karen Everett
Troy “T‑Bone” Kueker
Steve Peters
Bob Newton
William Sumnicht
Richard Daley
Andrew James Ownes
Rnee Johnson
Dou­glas Neill
Cody Swartz
Dan Rathbun
Drew James
Vinyl Renais­sance 39
Simon McK­in­ney Stevens
Loralee Stevens
Paul Bertrand
Kevin Trevino
Julie Shields
Jason Shields
the Capsules
Karen Wright
Tom Crane
John Jessup
Lav­ern Squire
There­sa Moley
The Lawrence Cham­ber of Commerce
Antho­ny Bernside
The Gilbert Group
Rev. Chris Michaels
Antho­ny Bonanno
Inde­pen­dence Audio
Tom Johnson
Russ Hadley for his cameo in BOW
Bob Newton
Gary Bandy
Bill Clause
Mike Murphy
Lights ON
Bill Thomas
Jim Lewis
Dan Defendorfer
Zebadee’s Records
Dave Shenk
Myles Hykem
Will Street
Marr Sound Archives
Char­lie Stout
Michael Meginn
Joshua Carney
Andrus & Asso­ciates Lighting
Jenine Goodman
Street­side Records
Roman Numerals

Suzanne Hogan

Gina Kauf­man

Walt Bod­ine
Scott Booker
Kliph Scurlock
The Flam­ing Lips
Amy Gibbons
Car­la Hockley
Jason R. Roske
Oper­a­tion Breakthrough
Mitch Brian
Mon­i­ca Espinosa
Tim DePaepe
Sylvia Maria Gross
Bill Elder
Scott Williams
Jeff Carson
Tyler Stewart
Kel­ly Corcoran
Reed Roye
Love Gar­den Sounds
Mary Cronemeyer
Cir­cle S Ranch
Kevin Quinn
Jen­nifer Maloney
Cafe Sebastienne
Kem­per Muse­um of Art


A Good Egg Film