In black-and-white, a microphone hangs in the air as a worker power the generators. At the radio station, O-Jay spins the record as an older man performs on the keyboard. O-Jay puts the headphones to his ears while the workers continue to power the generators.
On the street, Patsy picks up a boombox and holds it to her ear. O-Jay picks another record to play and then talks to his listeners. Vanessa rides her motorcycle. He switches to another microphone.
Patsy hangs Real McCoy posters on a building. O-Jay breaks a record. She continues to ride through the city on her motorcycle. The record stops and O-Jay puts it away. Vanessa brushes the building with glue to hold the posters. She leans against the building, putting her hand on heart. O-Jay talks to his listeners.
Patsy rubs her knees while she sits on the edge of her bed. The microphone swings in the studio. Patsy leans back in her bed and stares at her Real McCoy poster. O-Jay goes to the fire exit and leaves after finishing his shift. He walks on the street and Vanessa, who is on her bicycle, glances at him as he passes her by.
O-Jay is a popular radio station deejay in the area. Somewhat of a local celebrity, he is known for husky, seductive voice and being apart of band called Real McCoy. Patsy has kept track of him. She remembers when he used to work the midnight shift. He would tell stories about the bands he knew and promoted new stuff. She would attend events where he was handing out radio station merchandise when he took over the afternoon shift. She met him once and there seemed to be something between them. She wonders if he thinks about her, too.
The stylized black-and-white balances between vintage (1940s) and modern, placing the O-Jay and Patsy into different eras and finding common ground. The black-and-white is accurate for the vintage era. It offers a history of radio, showing its early beginnings with workers powering their generators and sending out the signals manually. For the modern era, the black-and-white searches for the audacity in the urbane. Patsy decorates a building with her own posters of her favorite band. It’s her statement about her feelings for him and not some passing obsession with the current fad.
Director: Nigel Dick Year: 1994