In the tradition of unique and memorable writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, and Edward Abbey, Hawaii author and radio personality Sheriff Norm Winter (owner of “Ideas Music & Books” in Honolulu, formerly called “Jelly’s”) has written a novel which is unforgettable!
“Radio Revolution: Make America a Real Democracy” covers the wild and incredible adventure of a once-famous Kauai DJ named Danny Fall. This eccentric DJ has a vision: to change government in America, fundamentally through an amendment to the Constitution which would remove all private money from political campaigns and instead be funded in a non-partisan way by the government.
And how does he intend to make this happen?
DJ Danny Fall has an unprecedented notion: by making the selection of music on radio stations a democratic process, whereby the people vote for the music they want heard the most (not the music companies), and using this format to eventually present and promote the push for the Constitutional amendment!
He embarks on this bold quest with a small group of dedicated yet quirky friends, and it is a wild ride!
From starting with a single station willing to take the risk on this concept, it spans across all of Hawaii, and causes ripples not just in the music world, but his radio station competitors, too. Though Danny is met with underhanded motives of others, his endeavors bring us, the reader, to the streets of Washington, D.C., to a massive concert in front of the FCC building, to a panel before the Department of Justice, and even to the Oval Office to meet the President of the United States himself!
“Radio Revolution” is an inviting and engaging read, full of fascinating history of radio, music, and government. It will make you think… what if it were possible?
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.