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Talk Radio is a 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Eric Bogosian and Tad Savinar. It centers around Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, and the story takes place during an on-air broadcast on the eve of national syndication. The play premiered at The Public Theater on May 28, 1987, in an Off-Broadway production directed by Frederick Zollo with Bogosian as Barry Champlain. The production also featured John C. McGinley, Zach Grenier, Mark Metcalf, and John Onorati.

Additionally, the story was adapted into an Oliver Stone film of the same title in 1988 (starring Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene and Leslie Hope). The film version took additional inspiration from the murder of radio host Alan Berg, which was chronicled in Talked to Death: The Life and Murder of Alan Berg, a novel by Stephen Singular. In the film, Champlain is in Dallas, Texas, and the plot stretches over the course of multiple days. The characters venture outside the radio station, and (unlike in the play) Champlain's ex-wife appears as an interactive character in the film. Moreover, the film concludes with Barry's murder, which is not depicted or even suggested in the play. Unfortunately, the film opened on the same week as Rain Man, so it fared below expectations.

The stage play experienced a revival in 2006 and 2007. In August 2009, ChyroArts in Scottsdale, Arizona produced the play to kick off its 2009-2010 season, with Michael Peck as Barry Champlain and Psycho Andy as the first caller and last caller.

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