U-M grad's radio documentary, 'Save KLSD,' to air on national television
A film written and co-produced by a University of Michigan graduate, called "Save KLSD," is set to premiere on Link TV via DirecTV and DISH Network today, Sept. 12, as well as Sept. 14 and 15.
"Save KLSD: Media Consolidation & Local Radio" is airing on national television after Link TV bought one year broadcast rights from its producers, including Michigan native and 1986 University of Michigan graduate Jennifer Douglas.
Douglas is originally from Saginaw, Michigan and now lives in San Diego. She wrote and co-produced "Save KLSD", a 2012 documentary that tells the story of progressive talk station KLSD-AM 1360; the increasing lack of local, diverse radio in America; and the effect of this on democracy. The film features broadcasters Bill Moyers, Roger Hedgecock, Phil Donahue, Stacy Taylor, Ed Schultz, Michael Krasny (NPR host) and co-narrators Jon Elliott and Bree Walker; as well as Senator Barbara Boxer, Common Cause leaders Bob Edgar, Robert Reich, and Michael Copps, and many others.
The Link TV airings are September 12 at 3:30 p.m.; September 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and September 15 at 12:30 p.m. All airings will occur on DirecTV, channel 375, as well as the DISH Network, channel 9410. This special one hour version of "Save KLSD" is being shown during Link TV's fall fundraising campaign; During fundraising breaks, the film is offered on DVD as a pledge premium. The non-commercial Link TV is funded by viewers and foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Douglas and co-producer Jon Monday initiated the documentary after becoming involved in the activism around saving the station in San Diego. Douglas has a background in news/media production and public affairs in Washington, D.C., New York and California. Over 3,000 people nationally signed the petition to "save KLSD" back in 2007 and dozens of people donated to fund about half of the film's budget. The full version of "Save KLSD" is available for purchase on DVD (101 minutes) at SaveKLSD.com and Amazon.com.
"Save KLSD" has screened in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Cheboygan) and California (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Redlands), often sponsored by Common Cause, a non-partisan organization focused on media reform and government accountability, with offices in Michigan and many other states. Check SaveKLSD.com for a complete screening schedule. For each DVD sale, $1 is donated to groups working toward media reform.