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


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