Free Sports Radio

Two brothers purchase a radio station in a small city, dreaming of commercial free sports talk.

Bob and Dickey need cash.

The two Native American brothers own a profitable lumber company in western New York but they recently created and independent sports-talk radio station. The endeavor is costing more than they estimated. Now, they must apply for a loan and deal with their sister Frances, who is their bank’s manager

Frances argues an independent sports talk station will struggle in their small city with no major professional teams but a commercial one may thrive considering the brothers highly regarded reputation as businessmen.

Bob and Dickey don’t’ bite –- they don’t want to listen to commercials.

The boys are prepared for rejection until Frances offers an alternative: She will put up her own money in exchange for an equal share in the station.

Bob and Dickey readily accept the offer. What could go wrong?

The former classical radio station host Leontyne begins her on-air project, “We went to a baseball game and an opera broke out.” She plays operatic compositions then suggests fitting points to play during baseball games.

Then, Birdie and Leak begin their show introducing themselves as two brothers in their 70s who prefer to talk about the days of sports past. But the reveries prompt Leak to lament the deaths of both his and Birdie’s wife in the past year.

Later, the provocative host Joc defends the fictional University of Genesee Valley’s hockey program against a penalty for their role in a sex abuse scandal. This draws a passionate response from the caller known as The Father from Not So Happy Valley, who verbally emasculates Joc for his defense of the school.

Bobby and Dickey throw a Halloween party to raise money for the station. The guests don costumes resembling sports-related figures.

Frances fumes after learning all the money donated at the party is slated for the winner of the costume contest –- she brought in a handful of wealthy businesspeople who donated considerable sums.

Leak grills Birdie about rumors he’s booking bets. Birdie says its peanuts among a few longtime friends.

A guest wearing a mask disguised as a baseball umpire hounds Joc as he broadcasts live from the party. Bob and Dickey win the costume contest because no one can guess who they’re dressed as. Frances is relieved.

The Father from Not-So-Happy Valley calls into Joc’s show. Joc criticizes him for not attending the party. The caller mocks Joc’s lack of self-awareness as he stands in the parking lot outside still in his umpire costume.

When Joc’s pregnant wife, Hope, passes him to enter the party, the Father from Not-So-Happy Valley warns Joc she’ approaching.

Joc freezes upon seeing Hope enter -- his family is being stalked.

End Episode #1

Script Excerpt
Written by:
TV Pilot
Starring Roles For:
50ish Native American man
30-ish Black Actress
20's Latino Actor
In the Vein Of:
All in the Family
Rear Window
Bad lieutenant
Author Bio:
James Palmer is a former war reporter and photographer who covered civil and regional conflicts in East Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

His stories and photos appeared in newspapers, magazines and news agency wires including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Washington Post, Toronto Star, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Der Spiegel and Reuters, among others.

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Contest Results:
Screenplay Festival (Semifinalist) [2019]
Filmmatic TV Pilot (Semifinalist) [2019]
Page Turner - Feature/TV Drama (Semifinalist) [2019]