Experience the renaissance of rock ‘n roll radio in Indianapolis in the 1960’s and ’70’s and meet the on-air personalities that changed the listening habits of hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers during the program, “Naptown Rock Radio Wars,” on Saturday, April 20 beginning at 2 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.
Activities include a free showing of the documentary film on the history of Indianapolis rock ‘n roll radio and the battle among the fierce broadcasting competitors who owned WIBC-AM 1070, WIFE-AM 1310 and WNAP-FM 93.1. How was the war fought? Who were the personalities in the limelight and behind the scenes? Who, in the end, would win Naptown’s Rock Radio Wars?
Following the documentary, a who’s who of legendary local rock radio DJs will participate in a panel discussion to talk about their careers and provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into life behind the microphone. Scheduled to participate are Cris Conner (WNAP), Reb Porter (WIFE), Bill Shirk (WXLW), Al Stone (WNAP), Ann Craig (WIFE/WNAP), Jimmy Mack (WISH-AM/WLW-I), Steve “Fast Freddie Fever” Reynolds (WNAP), Allen Deck (historian), and David Fulton (author and filmmaker).
The afternoon will include radio-oriented games that include a “name that tune” contest with songs of the ’60’s and ’70’s and “hit that post,” during which participants can try their luck talking up the intro of a song like a real radio DJ. In addition, Dr. Spin, “the world’s only all-vinyl DJ,” will keep the music flowing throughout the event.
Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library event.