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Staff Pick: Shut Up Little Man

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In the late 80s, neighbors in a San Francisco apartment building recorded the drunken squabbles between Peter and Raymond. Their relationship, and the pop culture phenomenon it spawned, is the subject of the documentary film “Shut Up Little Man.”

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In the late 80s, neighbors in a San Francisco apartment building were witness to an endless stream of drunken squabbles between Peter and Raymond. One was a raging homophobe and the other a flamboyant gay man. The two Midwesterners that lived next door recorded the rantings and the tapes went viral in an analog age. In his documentary film “Shut Up Little Man,” Matthew Bate explores the amusing and sad relationship between Peter and Raymond that spawned a pop culture phenomenon.

Here's what Doug Fabrizio had to say about this episode:

As part of our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, and also because of our personal interests, we always try to profile a film that is, well, strange, or really original. In 2011, we found the perfect specimen. The filmmaker Matthew Boyd had gotten into the festival with this documentary about these two guys who moved in to an apartment in San Francisco next door to these two other older guys. The old guys, Peter and Raymond, argued constantly. They got drunk and were just awful to each other — but they were also incredibly funny. And the younger guys, Eddie and Mitchell, recorded these brawls, and their cassettes became a cult hit.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.