Early Days of Radio Broadcasting

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Precisely how and why radio developed as it did is a fascinating story, told with authority in this book. Of interest to both the specialist and the general reader, this history concentrates on the years between 1920 and 1930 in the United States when radio was rapidly growing and changing. It covers all important areas in the development of the radio industry: business, programming, regulation, finance, the manufacturing of radio sets and equipment, the development of technology, the rise of networks, and the ...
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Overview

Precisely how and why radio developed as it did is a fascinating story, told with authority in this book. Of interest to both the specialist and the general reader, this history concentrates on the years between 1920 and 1930 in the United States when radio was rapidly growing and changing. It covers all important areas in the development of the radio industry: business, programming, regulation, finance, the manufacturing of radio sets and equipment, the development of technology, the rise of networks, and the flowering of radio as a medium of entertainment and news.

Author Biography: George H. Douglas, a retired English professor, has written a number of books about American people and places. He is the author of Skyscrapers: A Social History of the Very Tall Building in America (1996, $39.95), and lives in Champaign, Illinois.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
A delightful book that is both informative and easy to read. ...detailed and filled with interesting anecdotes and insights. Recommended.
Big Reel
A fine selection of rare photos and a very thorough bibliography.... Douglas transmits the story on a strong literary frequency. Our reception is clear.
Radio & Electronics World
Meticulously researched...enlightening.
Radio Active
An excellent source of information about broadcasting in the early 20's.
Monitoring Magazine
Lively...interesting.
Back Stage
Engaging...compelling depiction.
Sperdvac Radiogram
Well researched...a specialized work.
Mayland Public Radio
Meticulously researched and contain[s] a wealth of detail.
Past Times
An extremely well detailed account of American radio from its very beginnings in 1897 to the threshold of the ‘golden age' in 1930. ...worthwhile...captivating...thoroughly researched...entertaining anecdotes flow in abundance...fun...informative.
Hello Again
Contains everything you wanted to know about radio from 1920–1930.
Popular Communications
Llively and interesting focus...makes for good reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411993
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/27/2001
  • Edition description: ALTERNATE
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

George H. Douglas, a retired English professor, has written a number of books about American people and places. He is the author of Skyscrapers: A Social History of the Very Tall Building in America (1996), and lives in Champaign, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 KDKA 1
2 The Radio Rage 23
3 Up from the Crystal Set 38
4 The Rise of the Radio Announcer 52
5 A Million Sets Are Sold 68
6 The Beckoning Hand of Advertising 81
7 The Wavelength Wars 91
8 The Birth of Radio News 98
9 Sportscasting in the Twenties 113
10 Networks 127
11 The Educational Stations 142
12 Classical Radio Music: The Cultural Windfall 153
13 The Sounds of Popular Music 166
14 The Expanding Broadcast Day 186
15 "Amos 'n' Andy" 196
16 Radio Reprise 206
Notes 211
Bibliography 215
Index 235
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