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The Barry Richards TV Collection, Vol. 1 at the AFI

barry_movie_flyerThe promoters of the forthcoming DVD “The Barry Richards TV Collection Volume I”  have rented out an AFI theater for a premiere showing of that production tonight at 9:30 p.m.  

Richards was a DJ in Washington from 1963 to 1975, and he hosted several local TV shows.  According to the supplied bio, Richards, the "boss with the hot sauce," was the only white DJ playing soul records on WUST in the ’60s and disco on WEAM in the late ’70s.  On his late Friday night TV program “Turn On,” which aired on on UHF Channel 20 from 1970 through 1971, he featured live performances from the likes of Alice Cooper, Humble Pie, and Labelle

Far from slick and professional, the TV show clips in the trailer include offbeat  interviews with wild men Little Richard and Ozzy Osbourne, and nicely capture the fashions of the eras via Richards himself  in mod, hippie, and gold-chain wearing disco wear.

The Barry Richards TV Collection shows tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md., (301) 495-6720.

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  • Nick Zedd

    Barry Richards is the best DJ ever. TURN ON was the best local tv series ever in Maryland.
    Bring back Barry Richards!

  • http://barryrichardsrockandsoulshow Roxanne

    hello how are you? I use to dance on that show. I would like a copy so I can show them to my family and grandkids ,but how in the world do I find them?

  • http://ff ross nichols

    I used to listen to WHMC,went to concerts at Wheaton YYouth Center,watched TURN ON TV show.Cool memories Ross