Attached to Michael Halloran's well loved voice is a man, a big proper man with slicked beard, dark shades and large motorcycle. He lives in California emerging from Detroit in the early 80s. He kicked off his career as a radio disc jockey before helping establish a number of well known San Diego and L.A stations like 91X FM and FM 94.9 over a 20 year career.
Michael HalloranHalloran chose to film at OKI-DOG, where the first punk-rockers used to gather...
symobolising the birth of the Indie scene on the West Coast
He loves music, and talking about it, in all forms, Reggae, Punk to Rock. His track record in recognising talented unknowns has been his calling card to a generation of listeners, and propelled the careers of megastars including U2, blink-182 and Jewel. As one of his San Diego fans wrote on his blog, 'Halloran stands alone. He simply loves the music-- so very rare among the bilge that passes for radio in this town.'
Now in his 50s the same can not be said of Halloran's work in the radio industry. This was terminated in early 2010 after a string of terminations from other shows. Halloran blames a Corporate America unfamiliar with the relationship between Host and Audience. Nonetheless he is not bitter toward this architecture and remains an intriguing commentator, even without the radio medium and is calm and stoic about his career. Indeed there is a hint of pride, a twist in his tail that makes his story that much more compelling to tell.
In Halloran we found the perfect trail host for our first LA film. He the adventurer who came to LA to live the dream, and taste it, but never hold it, and yet, appears ok with that.