Past Show

It's 1998. You’ve got an illegal 40-watt transmitter in your bedroom and 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 puts you in the shoes of 90s counterculture icon Sue Carpenter who found herself leading a double life: magazine writer by day, pirate radio host by night. With her illegal station KBLT, Sue captured the attention of misfit music lovers from every walk of life … and the authorities.

Control KBLT 104.7 FM

Part memoir and part playable theatre, this experiential documentary takes you back to the 90s, places you in Sue Carpenter’s in-home DJ booth, and puts you in control of the illegal station. As you control KBLT, be ready to:

  • Share your voice
  • Select the music to play
  • Desperately attempt to avoid the Federal Communications Commission

Uncover Sue’s Story

Through your wireless DJ headphones, you hear Sue’s voice. She helps you run the station by guiding you through her apartment and her inner thoughts. As you live Sue’s story, you learn more about her passion for the music scene and her attempts to find balance as KBLT takes over almost every facet of her life.

Find Off-the-Air Truths

Hundreds of thousands of listeners got to know Sue on the air, but few know the off-air truth. By living her story inside her booth, you may hear what the airwaves never could. 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.

Mister and Mischief's “40 Watts” is one of the most creatively conceived and interactive shows ever produced at WOW.

Pam Kragen, San Diego Union Tribune

Rarely are audiences afforded the opportunity to step into a person’s shoes like Andy and Jeff have done with Sue Carpenter. 40 Watts From Nowhere is electric, powerful, and utterly joyful.

Laura Hess

Defies simple classification and manages to be both joyous and deeply, deeply human. It’s a triumph.

Noah Nelson, No Proscenium