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April 15, 2013

Library to show radio wars documentary

Free event to include panel discussion

INDIANAPOLIS — Growing up in Indianapolis during the 1960s and '70s, David Fulton, like many others, loved listening to local rock radio.

"Radio was kind of your lifeline to what the world was like," he said. "If there was anything happening from a news standpoint, you heard it first on the radio. Same with music. The personalities driving this became all the more important in our lives."

Fulton celebrates that era with his documentary "Naptown Rock Radio Wars." He started work on the film more than five years ago. It was conceived by his company, Videopolis.tv, along with Al Stone, an original program director at WNAP when station first signed on the air in July 1968.

"I was looking for an interesting project to do, and he had the connections," Fulton said of Stone. "We both had a mutual interest in old rock-and-roll radio here in town."

They'll be on hand when "Naptown Rock Radio Wars" is screened at 2 p.m. April 20 at the Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Afterwards, DJs depicted in the documentary will participate in a panel discussion. They include Stone and Steve "Fast Freddie Fever" Reynolds and Cris Conner, also from WNAP, and Reb Porter from WIFE, which first came on the air in 1963. Those stations constituted the main rivalry shown in the film.

Ann Craig, who worked for both stations at one time, will also be on the panel.

"Those are people who were right in the trenches," said Fulton, who will also be on the panel. "It's a rare opportunity to have all of them in the same room at the same time."

Other features of the library event include a "name that tune" contest of '60s and '70s songs and a "hit that post" competition in which participants talk over a song's intro like real radio DJs. Dr. Spin, billed as the world's only all-vinyl DJ, will provide music throughout the event.

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