Great Radio Heroes / Edition 2

Great Radio Heroes / Edition 2

by Jim Harmon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786408502

ISBN-13: 9780786408504

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

In 1967, Jim Harmon published the first edition of The Great Radio Heroes to great acclaim. Thirty-three years later comes an illustrated, corrected, revised and greatly expanded new edition...

Once there was a time—and it was not so long ago—when radio listening, especially to the dramas, was one of the most important events in many a young person's

Overview

In 1967, Jim Harmon published the first edition of The Great Radio Heroes to great acclaim. Thirty-three years later comes an illustrated, corrected, revised and greatly expanded new edition...

Once there was a time—and it was not so long ago—when radio listening, especially to the dramas, was one of the most important events in many a young person's life. People developed a love affair with the radio, and though the old times are now gone forever, the love affair continues. The heroes and settings of radio drama spurred the imagination to supply its own and much better images than visual media provided. There were no padded shoulders on the Lone Ranger, Superman flew with no jiggly trick photography, and the Martians whom Orson Welles helped attack the Earth were more convincing than anything the movies can provide.

For those who have been under the thrall of radio's alluring call, your new host Jim Harmon provides reminiscences of the heyday of radio programming, with insights on such radio dramas as I Love a Mystery, Gangbusters, The Shadow, Inner Sanctum, Batman and Robin, Superman, Tom Mix, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Adventures by Morse and a couple of dozen more. Photographs, a bibliography, and an index are included to enhance the reader's journey into a past time when radio was the favorite pastime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786408504
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Foreword I1
Foreword II3
Introduction: What Did You Listen to Every Day at Five o'Clock?7
1.Jack, Doc and Reggie (I Love a Mystery)11
2.Crime Lord (Gangbusters)28
3."Who knows what evil lurks" (The Shadow)39
4."And here is your host..." (Inner Sanctum, Lights Out, and the Anthology Dramas)54
5.Full Color Heroes That Were Never Seen (Superman, Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, and Little Orphan Annie)70
6.The Straight Shooter (Tom Mix)87
7.For Just a Box Top (Various Radio Premiums)103
8.For Armchair Detectives Only (Sherlock Holmes, Ellery Queen, The Thin Man, The Fat Man, Sam Spade and Others)113
9.Gentlemen of the Press (Big Town, Front Page Farrell, and Casey, Crime Photographer)128
10."Can a Woman Find Happiness?" (Stella Dallas, One Man's Family, and the Rest)138
11.From the Studios of WXYZ--I (The Lone Ranger)156
12.From the Studios of WXYZ--II (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon)172
13.From the Studios of WXYZ--III (The Green Hornet)176
14.Aces of the Airwaves (Captain Midnight and Brethren)182
15.The All-American Boy (Jack Armstrong)194
16.Some "Heroes" Made Us Laugh (Gildersleeve, Fibber McGee, Amos 'n' Andy, Jack Benny, and More)206
17.American Indian Heroes (Harka, Straight Arrow, Little Beaver)215
18.More Mysteries by Morse221
Afterword229
Selected Bibliography233
Index235

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