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April 8–14, 2016

Chicago Theatrical

Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU

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Film still: Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU


"A funny, woozy, infectiously cheery look at a still-persevering (though struggling) national treasure"
  —Village Voice

Founded in 1958 in East Orange, NJ, WFMU is the metro areas beloved listener-supported, freeform, independent community radio station. Driven by its commitment to allow its DJs the freedom to design their own shows, WFMU has been home to legendary radio personalities and guests across the decades. But despite the stations status as one of the most adventurous stops on the radio dial, it faces serious financial challenges that constantly threaten its long term viability.

Sex and Broadcasting is both a celebration of WFMUs history and a call to arms for all true believers in the power of radio. This film explores the past and present of this essential, weird, and utterly unique American institution while telling the gripping, yet comical, story of its fight for survival.

Directed by Tim K. Smith, 2014, U. S.A., 78 mins.


  • Fri., Apr. 8 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat., Apr. 9 at 3:45, 5:45 & 7:45 pm Sun., Apr. 10 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm Mon.–Thurs., Apr. 11–14 at 7:45 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation