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Historical Dictionary of Old Time Radio
     

Historical Dictionary of Old Time Radio

by Robert C. Reinehr, Jon D. Swartz, Jon Swartz
 

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The term Old Time Radio refers to the relatively brief period from 1926, when the National Broadcasting Company first began network broadcasting, until approximately 1960, when television became the dominant communication medium in the United States. During this time, radio was as popular and ubiquitous as television is today. It was amazingly varied in the types

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The term Old Time Radio refers to the relatively brief period from 1926, when the National Broadcasting Company first began network broadcasting, until approximately 1960, when television became the dominant communication medium in the United States. During this time, radio was as popular and ubiquitous as television is today. It was amazingly varied in the types of programming it offered; many characters and programs were so popular that virtually everyone was familiar with them. Even today, recorded versions of these programs are still extremely popular and widely available, both from commercial outlets and from hobbyists. Behind the production of these programs was a complex technological and financial infrastructure that had to be developed virtually from scratch in a world unaccustomed to the rapid communication and technological marvels that we take for granted today. The Historical Dictionary of Old Time Radio provides essential facts and information on the Golden Age of Radio. This is accomplished through the use of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the radio networks, programs, directors, producers, writers, actors, radio series, and radio stations. Entries on your favorite shows—The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Dragnet, and Suspense—and actors—Bob Hope, George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Edgar Bergen—will have you jumping from one entry to the next as you relive old favorites and discover hidden treasures from the Golden Age of Radio.

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American Reference Books Annual
Very well done and informative.
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Very well done and informative.
Library Journal

Radio buffs Reinehr and Swartz (coauthors, Handbook of Old-Time Radio) have created a comprehensive guide to the terms, program names, and major figures associated with radio between 1925 and 1962. They open with a chronology citing the genesis of radio with Marconi's first successful transatlantic radio message in 1900, and they end the time line in 1962, when television eclipsed radio in popularity. An excellent companion to Frank Buxton and Bill Owen's iconic The Big Broadcast, 1920-1950, which Reinehr and Swartz themselves praise. Recommended for public libraries, Americana, and cultural studies collections.
—Savannah Schroll Guz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810857803
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/12/2007
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts Series , #20
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.85(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Reinehr is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, where he taught from 1981 until his retirement in 1999. Jon D. Swartz was Chief of Psychological Services, Central Counties Center for Mental Health-Mental Retardation, Temple, Texas, from 1990 until his retirement in 1999. Reinehr and Swartz are the co-authors of Handbook of Old-Time Radio: A Comprehensive Guide to Golden Age Radio Listening and Collecting (Scarecrow Press, 1993).

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