Music Radio: The Great Performers and Programs of the 1920s through Early 1960s

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Overview

Long before the invention of "talk radio," music was the heart and soul of radio programming-whether standing alone, filling in the time between features, or identifying to widespread audiences the shows coming on and signing off the air.

Jim Cox's Music Radio encompasses the entire range of musical programming from the early 1920s to the early 1960s. Jazz, country, classical, gospel, pop, big band, western, and semi-classical forms are covered, as are the vocalists, instrumentalists and disc jockeys who made them available to listeners. Virtually all the major series and artists are explored in depth, and lesser known shows and performers are touched on as well. Some of the series included are The Bing Crosby Show, The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, The Fred Waring Show, Grand Ole Opry, The Bell Telephone Hour, The Cities Service Concerts, Your Hit Parade, The Kate Smith Show, The Railroad Hour, and The Voice of Firestone.

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Editorial Reviews

Chattanooga Airwaves
Fascinated...a fantastic amount of research...a wealth of information...tremendous amount of effort...a detailed history...magnificent...you can't go wrong in getting this book...great job
ARBA
Insightful...unique...valuable...recommended
Midwest Book Review
Detailed historical overview
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420476
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/5/2005
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Cox, a leading historian of radio programming, 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

The Bell Telephone Hour 3
The big bands 16
The Bing Crosby sShow 52
The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street 81
Cities service concerts 90
The classics 103
The contests 127
The disc jockeys 144
The Fred Waring Show 164
Grand Ole Opry 177
The horse operas 192
The house bands 206
The Hummert musicales 228
The Kate Smith Show 245
The Railroad Hour 261
The sacred singers 271
The vocalists 276
The Voice of Firestone 299
Your Hit Parade 317
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