35000 Watts: The Story of College Radio

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35000 Watts: The Story of College Radio
Tue, Apr 2 Show: 7:30 pm (Doors: 7:00 pm )
Tuesday, April 2 

35,000 Watts: The Story Of College Radio Screening & Panel Discussion
Doors 7 p.m. | Showtime 7:30 p.m.
$10; + $3 at the door if under 21

Use access codes WRUW, WCSB, WJCU, or WBWC to make sure proceeds from your ticket purchase go to the Cleveland college radio station of your choice!

35000 Watts is the untold story of college radio brought to life by the students behind the mic and the bands they made famous. It’s the story of the youth and music culture that originated, and later flourished, on the airwaves of American colleges and universities, establishing a new generational voice and a new path to success for countless alumni and artists, like R.E.M., U2, the B-52s, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Bob Odenkirk. 

The film will highlight an era where college radio’s influence was at its peak—featuring interviews with iconic big-name acts and smaller regional bands who may have only lived their rock-and-roll dream for a short while, as well as discussions with former college radio alumni about their role in college radio and why college radio is still relevant in today’s media-saturated landscape.

The feature documentary is a celebration of the independent spirit that created so many culture-defining stations and kept them on the air for generations. 35000 Watts: The Story of College Radio delves into the ongoing impact and legacy of those who were at the epicenter of this radio revolution.

Following a screening of the documentary, we will host a panel discussion about Cleveland's own college radio past, present, and future, featuring Rachel Hunt (WRUW-FM) as moderator. Panelists include current members of WRUW, WCSB, WJCU, and WBWC including Bill Peters of Metal on Metal (WJCU), Neal Filsinger of Darewaves (WRUW), John Basalla (WBWC), and executive staff members of WCSB! 

35000 Watts: The Story of College Radio

About the Director

Michael Millard began his broadcasting career at KTXT-FM in Lubbock, TX in 1992, eventually becoming the station manager in 1994-95. His time at KTXT was a life-changing experience, as it was for thousands of college students over the last 75 years. This shared experience and love for college radio has united DJs, musicians and listeners all over the United States.

After leaving Texas Tech, Michael worked for several years in commercial radio, and later as a resident DJ at one of the largest clubs in Texas. In the early 2000s, he founded two internet radio stations, and also began exploring an interest in video production and documentary filmmaking.