Freeing the airwaves


Wisconsin Public Radio’s July 3 episode of Central Time on WHSF featured a story on Back to the Future, celebrating the movie’s 30th anniversary.

Movie buffs have noted that the second film in the trilogy, set in the year 2015, features flat-screen TVs, smart glasses and hover boards. But something is missing: radio.

The omission could seem unimportant, until you compare it to the first film. From the opening lines (a radio commercial) to the clock radio that welcomes Marty McFly back to 1985, radio broadcasting gets more screen time than his iconic orange-red vest.

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