-> "''Folks... uh... it appears that there may be a situation... please, uh... please stay tuned...''"

After violent riots suddenly break out in downtown Los Angeles, radio talk show host Logan Burnhardt and his crew become stranded, barricaded alone in their broadcast room and unable to leave for fear of being swept up in the chaos. As rumors begin to filter in about a bombing in a nearby arena and mass hysteria sweeping over the city, Logan decides that it is his responsibility to report what is happening to his listeners, both to keep them aware and to hopefully help save lives. But as the night progresses, the phone calls become stranger and stranger... his listeners report sightings of vicious, bestial mobs of people attacking armed police officers, civilians, and even young children. What's worse is that the attackers seem to have a craving for human flesh, and that their victims soon rise to join in the frenzy.

News stations from around the country begin to report similar bombings and riots in major cities across the United States. Struggling to keep his composure in the face of this madness, Logan grows increasingly terrified at his inability to contact his wife and daughter. They are far from the last of his worries, however, as he and his crew will soon discover that they are not alone in their building after all...

''Dead Air'' is a horror film directed by Corbin Bernsen (''Series/{{Psych}}'') and written by Kenny Yakkel. It was released [[DirectToDVD on DVD]] in 2009. The film stars Bill Mosely (''Rob Zombie's Film/{{Halloween 2007}}''), and Patricia Tallman (''Series/BabylonFive'').

[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused]] with the TruthInTelevision [[DeadAir phenomenon of the same name]], the 2007 [[Film/DeadAir2007 Hong Kong horror film]] directed by Xavier Lee Pak Tat, or the [[Literature/DeadAir novel]] of the same name by Creator/IainBanks. Or, for that matter, the Zombie-riffic third campaign of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' or the song by the same name by Music/RufusRex.
!!''Dead Air'' contains examples of:

* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: After the crew realize that their building is smack in the middle of a TechnicallyLivingZombie [[ZombieApocalypse Apocalypse]], they all decide to start barricading the doors to their studio. While the male crew members are stacking up heavy tables and filing cabinets, the show's producer contributes by setting a small potted plant on the pile.
--> '''Logan''': Lucy... and what exactly is that supposed to accomplish?
--> '''Lucy''' (walking off): Fuck you!
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: The security guard at the radio station, while not technically the first on-screen death, is the first of the named characters to die as the SyntheticPlague spreads through the city.
* ClothingDamage: One of the first victims near the radio station has her shirt torn in half by an infected mob. The {{fanservice}} of this scene is limited, however, as she is violently beaten before rising as a blood-spattered zombie to attack a security guard.
* CreatorCameo: Director Corbin Bernson appears briefly as DJ "Doc F" in the beginning of the film to deliver a single line while Logan is walking in late to the studio.
--> '''Logan''': Hey Doc!
--> '''Doc''': Ah, he arrives... Megan! Hold the door!
* DeadAir: TV news broadcasts of the burgeoning TechnicallyLivingZombie [[ZombieApocalypse Apocalypse]] shock the protagonist DJ and his sidekick into [[StunnedSilence momentary silence]], leading to a panicked reaction from their producer, Lucy.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/{{Pontypool}}'', another 2009 film about a DumbassDJ trapped in his broadcast booth with his colleagues in the middle of a (Not) ZombieApocalypse.
* DumbassDJ: Logan displays the insulting qualities of one at first, even if he's hardly stupid. This gets dropped as the crisis worsens, and he switches from being a snarky bastard to genuinely trying to help.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: One of the first signs that a character has become infected.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Logan and his on-air {{sidekick}} Gil enjoy teasing and even insulting their more [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} colorful]] callers, however both seek to do everything they can to help the citizens when the crisis starts, with Logan manning the airwaves to give advice to the survivors who are listening and Gil volunteering to venture out on his motorcycle to save Logan's wife.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: When one of the surviving terrorists loses his pouch of anti-venom that would prevent him from getting infected, his leader hands him a pistol and leaves him with the following words:
--> "There is not enough antivenom for the two of us. How you choose to leave this world is up to you."
** Which kind of [[FridgeLogic makes you wonder]] why he doesn't just ''shoot his leader and take the anti-venom himself'', as their goal had already been accomplished.
* PretendPrejudice: Logan is forced to badmouth Muslims on the air by one of the terrorists, who are seeking to ignite a war between the western and Arab cultures through the attacks. His initial attempts at resistance and the revelation that his wife is, in fact, Muslim offer proof that he doesn't really mean what he's being forced to say.
* SyntheticPlague: The HatePlague in ''[[Film/DeadAir2009 Dead Air]]'' is revealed by the terrorist who unleashed it to have been created by the U.S. Government, originally for use as a DepopulationBomb against enemy cities in the Middle East.
* TearsOfBlood: These are one of the signs that a victim exposed to the SyntheticPlague will soon succumb.
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: The violent mobs are infected by a chemical agent released by terrorists, which causes them to violently attack any non-infected they see.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Logan Burnhardt works with his ex-wife Lucy, who is his producer. Very little romantic tension is shown between the two of them, as their relationship seems to have evolved to JustFriends status.
* YouNeverDidThatForMe: Used by Lucy when she overhears her ex, Logan, promise to pick up his current wife's brother from the airport.
--> '''Lucy''': You never picked up ''my'' brother from the airport!
--> '''Logan''': But, you never asked me to!
--> '''Lucy''': ... that's because I knew you'd say '''no'''.