Mister & Mischief Proudly Presents
40 Watts from Nowhere
Part memoir and part playable theatre, this experiential documentary puts you at the controls of KBLT 104.7 FM: radio free Silver Lake.
It's 1998. You’ve got an illegal 40-watt transmitter in your bedroom, a copper pipe antenna on your roof. You’ve been running a pirate radio station out of your closet for two and a half years. If the government ever catches you, you’re on the hook for $100,000 in FCC fines and ten years in prison.
A steep price to pay because you hate the Spice Girls.
40 WATTS FROM NOWHERE chronicles the kickass true story of Sue Carpenter, who, in the mid-90s, found herself leading a double life: magazine writer by day, counterculture icon by night. Self-funded with every penny she had, Sue built a low-power FM transmitter, rigged an antenna to the roof of her apartment building, and created KBLT from nothing except the desire to build a better broadcast. Over three years, she built an underground community welcoming misfit music lovers from every walk of life into her home and on the air almost 24 hours a day.
Part memoir and part playable theatre, this experiential documentary puts you into Sue’s DJ booth as you run the station, share your voice, play music, and desperately attempt to avoid the legal and financial ruin at the hands of the FCC.
Through a wireless headset Sue puts you to work helping run the station, and while you and Sue are working together, you hear the story of her passion for the music scene and attempts to find balance as KBLT takes over almost every facet of her life.
The music and excitement culminate with the FCC finally catches up with Sue, and she explains to you how the story ends, and this time, 20 years later, we get the chance to share a final transmission.
Through our adaptation of 40 Watts from Nowhere, you give Sue and KBLT the closure they never got - a chance to share Sue’s story and thank her community for tuning in and turning her unlawful hobby into a Los Angeles legend.