Runaway Radio 101 KLOL documentary VOD video on demand

Star Cinema Grill shows “Runaway Radio” across Houston

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“Runaway Radio,” the 101 KLOL documentary, will be screened across the Houston area at select Star Cinema Grill locations.

The film is available to stream on Tubi or to rent/buy on all major video-on-demand (VOD) platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and cable/satellite. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM.

Runaway Radio on DVD is also available to buy online or locally in Houston.

These are the last scheduled movie theater screenings for “Runaway Radio,” so get your tickets before they run out. Plus, see it with a 5.1 audio mix!

You can catch regular screenings at Star Cinema Grill theaters in Baybrook, Richmond and Springwoods starting March 29th through April 3rd. BUY TICKETS HERE


First, SCG will kick off screenings with Q&As at the following times with such KLOL personalities scheduled as Lanny Griffith, David Sadof, Pat Fant, Doug Harris and director Mike McGuff (Q&As will have different lineups depending on availability – this list could be updated).

Friday 3/29
Baybrook 

702 Baybrook Mall
Friendswood, TX 77546 

The show starts at 6:30pm with a Q&A to follow with Lanny Griffith, Pat Fant, Doug Harris and director Mike McGuff.

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Saturday 3/30
Richmond 

22125 FM 1093
Richmond, TX 77407 

The show starts at 6:30pm with a Q&A to follow with David Sadof, Pat Fant and director Mike McGuff.

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“‘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,” wrote Cary Darling, the Houston Chronicle arts and entertainment editor.

“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

The documentary, distributed by Dark Star Pictures, covers the wild 34 years (1970 to 2004) of one of the country’s greatest Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations.

The film is available to rent or buy on all major video-on-demand (VOD) platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and cable/satellite. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM.

A DVD version of the film is now available.

The film world premiered in November 2023 at the music documentary festival Sound Unseen Minneapolis.

“When I started this documentary, we were in a recession, followed by a global pandemic when we finished it,” McGuff said. “Based on those who have seen the movie at film festivals, it will be worth the wait!”

“The KLOL documentary shows the rest of the world why this station is still talked about to this day,” said KLOL’s first program director Pat Fant who signed the station on in August 1970. “It will be the last word on a Houston media legend. We didn’t just play the music, we were a part of it. Our promotions became spectacles. Our on-air personalities were the host presenters of the non-stop performance that was KLOL.”

The film explores the many on-air personalities and behind-the-scenes players that made the station famous and the winner of the top rock station in America by Billboard Magazine. From the wild station promotions, the music, and the radio wars, the family-owned station faced against ABC Radio-owned 97 Rock KSRR.

KLOL had a legendary air staff of big Houston radio names. In this documentary, you’ll hear stories directly from Jim Pruett, Dayna Steele, Crash, Dennis “Crash” Collins, Outlaw Dave, Brian Shannon, Lanny Griffith, Colonel St. James, Keith Myles, David Sadof, Levi Booker, Jennifer Reyna and many more. AOR radio creator Lee Abrams even makes an appearance.

Legendary music artists such as Dusty Hill (ZZ Top), Lyle Lovett, Sammy Hagar (Solo, Van Halen, Montrose, The Circle), Melissa Etheridge (singer-songwriter), Doug Pinnick (King’s X, KXM) and Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne, Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, King Kobra) also share stories on what the station meant to them.

“I left KLOL 28 years ago this month, and not a week has gone by in all that time when at least someone hasn’t asked me about the station or told me a story about tickets I gave them or a song I played or more,” former KLOL DJ, and current Houston Radio Platinum host, Dayna Steele said. “We were and still are a part of the listeners’ family.”

“As the creator of Outlaw Radio on KLOL, it was the launching pad of a rocket ride I can thankfully say is still going,” former KLOL DJ and current 95.7 The Spot all-day host GregO said. “KLOL fans will relive all the memories that made 101 great when the station ruled Houston. You will love this movie!”

“I’m so excited that the fans are going to finally be able to see all the hard work that went into chronically one of the greatest radio stations this country has ever known,” said former KLOL DJ, and current Houston Eagle night host, Outlaw Dave. “As a Houstonian growing up listening to the station and then for a brief time getting to be a part of it is one of the most special facets of my storied career. Hats off to all the people behind this project of immortalizing what we thought was an immortal station.”

“I’ll be forever grateful that KLOL gave me my first opportunity in media,” former KLOL on-air personality and current KHOU 11 morning traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna said. “Getting to work at my mother’s favorite radio station alongside the legendary Outlaw Dave and crew made it a fun part of Houston’s radio history. It is exciting to be a part of a station with so much legacy, and I’m glad it will be documented on film.”