Calendar of Events

October 2022
October 23, 2022
The Greatest Radio Station in the World - WPKN Doc
Show Starts:
7:00 pm
Show End:
11:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
Entry Fee:
$
15
Ages
21
and up allowed
About the Show and the Artist:

NH Docs- New Haven Documentary Film Festival

NHdocs & Cafe Nine proudly present

Closing Night Celebration!

a screening of

The Greatest Radio Station in the World

and a DJ dance party like you've never seen before, feature WPKN stars:

Alec Cumming

Rick Omonte

and some very special guest stars

Doors: 6:00 pm

Movie: 7:00 pm

Q&A with WPKN General Manager Steve di Costanzo: 9:15 pm

DJ Dance Party: 9:45 pm

Alec Cummings is a pop historian and a music obsessive - principly focused of the pop, rock, r'n'b/soul, easy listening and ealry alternative music scenes of the '50s through the mid '70s, and the punk/new wave/alternative rock, pop, r'n'b/hip-hop genres of the late '70s up through today. He is fascinated by pop culture history and love to tell the stories behind the music, to the best abiiity he can. He wrote a book on New York City's radio history in 2013 {New York City Radio, Arcadia) and has done major historic projects for NBC, MSNBC and Rhino Records. Being a DJ at WPKN has been a lifelong dream come true for Cummings.

Rick Omonte is from New Haven, Connecticut. Perhaps best known for his role as bass player in the psychedelic groups Mountain Movers and Headroom, he was also responsible for the highly acclaimed weekly concert series Shaki Presents at BAR, which ran for 8 years. When not organizing events at New Haven's newest venue "State House", or curating the soundtrack to your best moments, he can be found traveling near and far, maybe searching for rare records in Peru, or digging for vinyl in the maze-like souks of Morocco. He has also been a featured selector at DC's favorite party Ritmos Raros, as well as countless Latinx fundraisers and organizations throughout Connecticut. Every month, you can catch Shaki on-air at the long running community radio station WPKN 89.5fm, broadcasting from Bridgeport, Connecticut, and reaching the far corners of this world

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The Greatest Radio Station in the World

 

The Greatest Radio Station in the World is the title of a new documentary film about radio station WPKN, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. WPKN began as the University of Bridgeport’s college radio station in 1963. It has been operating as a listener supported, community-based radio station since 1989. There are only two paid staffers…the General Manager is full-time, and the Operations Manager is part-time. All the Programmers are volunteers. The film will be carried by this cast of characters, as well as the listeners, station volunteers, and DJs from the past. We will hear interviewees share their personal, idiosyncratic stories, speaking passionately about their love of music, news, politics, health, cars, organic gardening, space exploration, and culture. Like the radio station, this film will be fearless, boldly independent, free form and unconventional. WPKN prides itself as being a real alternative to an increasingly homogeneous broadcast radio landscape. It enriches the lives of their listeners while promoting diversity, tolerance, and freedom of expression.

DIRECTOR’S BIO: COB CARLSON has been a film editor/producer for thirty-three years, the past thirty spent in Boston. Cob has worked on documentaries, feature films, major network television programs, music videos, trailers, commercials, and web videos of all kinds. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. His 16mm documentary film, " An Irish American Story," about his grandmother who lived in the South End of Bridgeport, received critical acclaim, and was broadcast on PBS in 1998.  His 2014 feature length documentary “Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend” received acclaim throughout major golf media outlets. His passion for storytelling and film has culminated in a brand-new feature-length documentary about radio station WPKN, located in Bridgeport, CT. It is called “THE GREATEST RADIO STATION IN THE WORLD.”