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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.