A documentary about how a couple of high school kids started a record company in Tucson in the 1950s will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Tucson's Academy Village.
Dan Kruse is KUAZ-FM's afternoon announcer and local host of NPR's "All Things Considered." He produced, directed and edited the 33-minute film about the brief and improbable life of Zoom Records.
"The power of the Zoom Records story is the message it sends about the power of music to inspire people, to evoke their best creative and entrepreneurial instincts, to bring people together in a common, uplifting enterprise," Kruse said.
"It speaks volumes about the youth movement of the late 1950s."
The film is part of his master's thesis at the University of Arizona School of Music, where he's completing a master's in musicology/ethnomusicology this fall.
Kruse got the idea for the Zoom Records film by chance when he happened to mention to UA School of Music colleague Brian Moon that he was searching for a topic for his master's thesis and that he was considering producing a film for the thesis. Moon responded by introducing Kruse to the label's founders, Burt Schneider and Ray Lindstrom.
"The more I learned about the Zoom Records story - the amazing speed with which it came into being, the remarkable way in which its founders connected with one of the most accomplished recording engineers in America, the wonderful manner in which it brought together the teenage peer group of which Burt and Ray were a part - the more I wanted to tell the story in the form of a film," Kruse said.
If you go
• What: "The Zoom Records Story" talk by Dan Kruse
• When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
• Where: Arizona Senior Academy Building at Academy Village, 13715 E. Langtry Lane
• Admission: Free; donations accepted
• Reservations: Recommended; email email@example.com or call 647-0980
A version of this article appeared Thursday in the East Side Star.