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101 KLOL documentary Runaway Radio Houston screening
WATCH: Mike McGuff's "Runaway Radio" 101 KLOL documentary - now streaming!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Mike McGuff Talks About His Documentary 'Runaway Radio' with FanboyNation

Thanks to R.C. Samo for his interview with me on FanboyNation!

Runaway Radio‘ is a documentary with a runtime of just 83 minutes that explores the impact of radio in the pre-digital age, emphasizing the influence of Houston’s 101 KLOL. 

The film features insights from renowned musicians like Lyle Lovett and Melissa Etheridge, as well as top radio DJs across the United States. It traces the station’s evolution from a progressive radio station in 1970 to one of several Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations nationwide. 

“Runaway Radio” the 101 KLOL documentary, is now available to rent or buy through major video-on-demand (VOD) platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, VUDU, YouTube, Dish Network, Direct TV, and local cable providers.

There will be upcoming Houston screenings at the following area theaters:

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Studio Movie Grill City Centre

Q&A with Lanny Griffith, Mike McGuff and Pat Fant.

822 Town and Country Blvd
Houston, TX 77024


Star Cinema Grill will screen "Runaway Radio" at three locations around the Houston area.

First, SCG will kick off a screening with Q&As at the following times (special guests to be announced later).

You can catch regular screenings at Star Cinema Grill theaters in Baybrook, Richmond and  Springwoods through April 3rd.

Friday 3/29

702 Baybrook Mall
Friendswood, TX 77546 

The show starts at 6:30pm with a Q&A to follow.


Saturday 3/30

22125 FM 1093
Richmond, TX 77407 

The show starts at 6:30pm with a Q&A to follow.


    “‘Runaway Radio,’ a documentary celebrating the wild and woozy heyday of the pioneering local rock radio station KLOL-FM. On the air from 1970 to 2004, KLOL transformed over its life from shaggy, free-form anarchy to loudmouth, shock-jock insanity, all the while providing the guitar-heavy soundtrack for a couple of generations of head-banging Houstonians.”

    – Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle

    “Freedom is a theme that comes up frequently in Runaway Radio, a film produced and directed by Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. KLOL broke damn near every rule that had previously governed FM radio, raising a middle finger to local blue noses and keepers of decency for over thirty years. Meantime, KLOL was generating huge ratings and even bigger profits as one of the most successful rock and roll stations in the country. We’re talking powerhouse. The Big Kahuna. King Kong.”

    – Tom Richards, Houston Press

    “The writer-director keeps the documentary moving at a swift pace while cramming a substantial amount of information in the 83-minute running time making this a must-see for rock fans.”

    – Joe Friar, Fort Worth Report

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