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Remembering the way Hollywood remembers Alan Berg

Twenty-five years ago today, KOA talk-show host Alan Berg was murdered in his driveway by members of a white-supremacist group called The Order -- and as the Denver Post points out in a front-page story today, the act feels all too resonant thanks to this month's slaying of a security guard at Washington D.C.'s Holocaust Memorial Museum by an elderly, gun-wielding anti-Semite.

Judging by the trailer on view above, 1988's Talk Radio, the 1988 Oliver Stone film inspired by Berg, isn't nearly as current. Based on a play by star Eric Bogosian and Stephen Singular's book Talked to Death: The Life and Murder of Alan Berg, the movie features Alec Baldwin a good many suit sizes ago, as well as a pre-Scrubs John McGinley, as employees at a radio station that smacks of opulence and prosperity -- a golden era compared to the tough times being experienced by the industry today. Look back by clicking above.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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