American Radio Networks: A History

Overview

This history of commercial radio networks in the United States provides a wealth of information on broadcasting from the 1920s to the present. It covers the four transcontinental webs that operated during the pre-television Golden Age, plus local and regional hookups, and the developments that have occurred in the decades since, including the impact of television, the rise of the disc jockey, the rise of talk radio and other specialized formats, implications of satellite technology and consolidation of networks ...

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Overview

This history of commercial radio networks in the United States provides a wealth of information on broadcasting from the 1920s to the present. It covers the four transcontinental webs that operated during the pre-television Golden Age, plus local and regional hookups, and the developments that have occurred in the decades since, including the impact of television, the rise of the disc jockey, the rise of talk radio and other specialized formats, implications of satellite technology and consolidation of networks and local stations.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
an entertaining, informative history of the major radio networks and their programming. Recommended
Old Time Radio Digest
"Begun with 2002's Say Goodnight Gracie, and continue with 2008's Sold on Radio, the medium's best modern historian has capped the most well-written and informative history of radio in recent memory with this tome. This triumvirate of books should stand for some time as the definitive history of classic radio's beginning, maturation, and demise"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441921
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Cox, a leading radio historian, is an award-winning author of numerous books on the subject. A retired college professor, he lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface: Fascination 1

1 The Net Rewards of Radioland: With the Twist of a Wrist 3

2 The Proceeds of Experimentation: Getting Ready to Play for Real 8

3 National Broadcasting Company: The House That Sarnoff Built 16

4 Columbia Broadcasting System: The House That Paley Built 45

5 Mutual Broadcasting System: The Network for all America 72

6 American Broadcasting Company: A Nobleman's Dream 89

7 The Regional Hookups: Local Radio Gone Wide 101

8 Washington Watchdogs: Safeguarding the Airwaves 116

9 Remuneration: The Hardest Nut to Crack 122

10 Czar Wars: The Empire-Builders Fight Back 132

11 Halcyon Days: A Showtime Sampler 139

12 Sight Radio: No Renaissance for Imagination 169

13 The Spinmeisters: Rancor Among the Ranks 178

14 Raconteurial Resurgence: The Spielers Have Their Say 184

Epilogue: When You Wish Upon a Star 188

Appendix-Ex Chains: Webs of Extinction 191

Chapter Notes 203

Bibliography 215

Index 219

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