While the movies are a decidedly visual media, sometimes they get their best source material from things that are not. As radio is often host to wild personalities and controversial topics, it’s only natural that film would explore some of the people and stories that make them so. Have you seen them all? Today’s Here’s 5 are raucous radio movies worth tuning in.
When a hometown country girl (Dolly Parton) heads to Chicago to work at a radio station, a mix up puts on air as the host of a live call-in advice show and wouldn't you know it, she's a natural, soon becoming "Doctor Shirlee." Soon she a hit, which draws the attention of a curious journalist (James Woods) who suspects the truth: she's not qualified. Guess what happens.
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Based on the real-life long-running radio program, it is a fictionalized account of the behind-the-scenes activities of the show as it faces its final broadcast, the cast and crew doing their best to keep things on track as the colorful characters await the show's demise. A mostly funny production, it's actually not as good as the real radio show.
Rock the Boat (2009)
Originally called The Boat That Rocked, this comedy, based on true events, starts in 1966 when BBC radio only broadcast an hour of pop music a day, leaving it to radio DJs to head to sea and host pirate shows to keep rock & roll alive in the UK. A strong cast and some great music help this sometimes muddled film that is well worth tuning into.
Talk Radio (1988)
Controversial radio personalities are not uncommon, but this film, also based on true events (and adapted from the play by star Eric Bogosian) follows a radical left-wing DJ who makes a career out of vitriolic diatribes that often insult those with opposing views. He makes a lot of enemies and that leads to a tragic situation.
Private Parts (1997)
Speaking of controversial radio show hosts, there can only be one name on the top of that list, the one and only Howard Stern, who in 1997, decided to make a movie based on his life. Naturally, it starred himself. A surprisingly open and vulnerable look at the talented entertainer, it gave fans and critics a look behind the curtain of this polarizing personality.