Back in 2009,Hey Dillon (The Last Great DJ)
, a documentary produced by the McKinney-basedThe Good Fight Motion Pictures
and focused onKHYI-95.3 FM The Range
disc jockeyBrett Dillon
, premiered and made its way around the region.
The narrative -- independent radio's David facing off against corporate radio's Goliath -- helped give the film about Dillon's life as a DJ a driving heartbeat. Of course, songs from a fantastic array of local, regional and national talent helped give the doc a bit of bounce, too. Among the artists locals might recognize on the film: Rodney Parker, CC Cross, The Lost Immigrants, Tejas Brothers, Hayes Carll, Backporch Mary, Austin Cunningham and Darryl Lee Rush.
Last year, the film made its festival debut in the documentary-intensive Docutah Film Festival, which is held in the mountains of Utah each fall. And now, just as momentum for the film seemed to be dwindling, a new and even more high-profile home for the movie has been announced.
Beginning in June, Hey Dillon (The Last Great DJ) will premiere in primetime on DOC, the relatively new cable outlet that also goes by the simple name of The Documentary Channel. And, rather than simply enjoying a brief weekend run or a mere couple of months in the premium cable sun, the film's rights have been purchased so that it can be shown at various times on the channel for the next two years.
Details on a watching party for the premier are forthcoming, but for now, if you have, oh, 72 minutes to spare, you can watch the whole darn thing below.
All in all, it's just nice to think of all the people out there, living beyond the signal of KHYI, that will now be introduced to some Dallas and Texas-based acts that they never really knew they were missing. Which is kind of what Brett Dillon has been doing for local listeners for 15 years now, come to think of it.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.