Encyclopedia of American Radio: An A-Z Guide to Radio from Jack Benny to Howard Stern

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From The Shadow to National Public Radio's All Things Considered, the Encyclopedia of American Radio is a celebration of the medium that changed the way the world was entertained and informed. This updated, easytouse reference covers legendary radio shows and personalities from the 1920s to the present. It brings to life the mysteries, comedies, adventure tales, soap operas, and characters—both real and imagined—that have fascinated four ...
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Overview

From The Shadow to National Public Radio's All Things Considered, the Encyclopedia of American Radio is a celebration of the medium that changed the way the world was entertained and informed. This updated, easytouse reference covers legendary radio shows and personalities from the 1920s to the present. It brings to life the mysteries, comedies, adventure tales, soap operas, and characters—both real and imagined—that have fascinated four generations of radio listeners.

More than 1,000 entries on all the major radio programs are featured, including their characters, sponsors, storylines, the stations that carried them, and more.

Among the personalities characters, and topics covered are:

•Lucille Ball, whose My Favorite Husband became TV's I Love Lucy
• Orson Wells, who began his radio career as Lamont Cranston, a.k.a. The Shadow
• The comedy shows of Bob Hope and Jack Benny
• The Mercury Theater's broadcasts of literary classics, such as H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
• Characters, such as Dick Tracy, Li'l Abner, The Lone Ranger, and Fibber McGee and Molly
• Today's radio personalities, such as Howard Stern and Larry King
• Show synopses, their broadcast histories, and air times.

The Encyclopedia includes 120 photographs as well as appendixes on show chronologies, vintage radio show clubs, newsletters, organizations, dates, and cast lists. It is a "musthave" reference for students of broadcasting, communications, and American social history, historians, and vintage radio buffs.
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Library Journal
This reference book of more than 1000 entries on major radio programs is a revision and repackaging of Lackman's Same Time Same Station (LJ 11/1/95). This edition presents capsule descriptions of radio's most important dramas, comedies, game shows, news programming, and personalities from the 1920s to the present. Not much has changed from the previous edition, but Lackman's attention to details such as programming schedules and show sponsors is noteworthy. Invaluable as a guide to dramatic programming during the "Golden Age" of radio, this book is also a useful source of information about contemporary radio personalities such as Howard Stern and Don Imus. Vintage black-and-white photographs are sprinkled throughout the book. Lackman also includes several appendixes (e. g., a list of radio stations that currently broadcast old-time radio shows and an exhaustive list of radio dramas that appeared in anthology programs). Recommended for public libraries and for academic libraries serving schools with communications departments that don't already have Same Time Same Station.--David M. Lisa, Mercyhurst Coll. Lib., Erie, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
The cover featuring Orson Wells, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Edward R. Murrow, Howard Stern, et al. illustrates the diversity of American radio. This volume updates the 1996 and contains some 1,000 entries and 120 b&w photos of the personalities and programs important to US culture and the broadcasting industry <-->from classics like (1927) to National Public Radio's current . Appends chronologies of US and Canadian radio events; show sponsors; additional radio personalities; vintage radio show clubs, conventions, newsletters, and organizations; stations that feature vintage radio show; and logs of long-running dramatic anthology shows. The author been on radio and written extensively about the medium. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Copley News Service
Collectors interested in the history of radio in particular or character collectibles in general will have to have a copy of The Encyclopedia of American Radio.
Radio World
Praise for the previous edition (Same Time...Same Station): "You could spend hours curled up with this book-and never get bored."
The Midwest Book Review
An excellent reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816041374
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.67 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Radio Shows and Personalities A-Z 1
App. A Chronology of Radio Events in the United States 307
App. B Chronology of Radio Events in Canada 309
App. C Radio Show Sponsors 310
App. D Additional Radio Personalities 312
App. E Vintage Radio Show Clubs, Conventions, Museums, Newsletters, and Organizations 317
App. F Stations That Feature Vintage Radio Shows 320
App. G Logs of Long-Running Dramatic Anthology Shows 322
Selected Bibliography 347
Index 349
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