On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

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by John Dunning
     
 

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Now long out of print, John Dunnings Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting. Now, in On the Air, Dunning has completely rethought this classic work, reorganizing the material and doubling its coverage, to provide a richer and more informative account of radios golden age. Here are some 1,500 radio shows presented…  See more details below

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Now long out of print, John Dunnings Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting. Now, in On the Air, Dunning has completely rethought this classic work, reorganizing the material and doubling its coverage, to provide a richer and more informative account of radios golden age. Here are some 1,500 radio shows presented in alphabetical order. The great programs of the 30s, 40s, and 50s are all here--Amos n Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Lone Ranger, Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour, and The March of Time, to name only a few. For each, Dunning provides a complete broadcast history, with the timeslot, the network, and the name of the shows advertisers. He also lists major cast members, announcers, producers, directors, writers, and sound effects people--even the shows theme song. There are also umbrella entries, such as News Broadcasts, which features an engaging essay on radio news, with capsule biographies of major broadcasters, such as Lowell Thomas and Edward R. Murrow. Equally important, Dunning provides a fascinating account of each program, taking us behind the scenes to capture the feel of the performance, such as the ghastly sounds of Lights Out (a horror drama where heads rolled and bones crunched), and providing engrossing biographies of the main people involved in the show. A wonderful read for everyone who loves old-time radio, On the Air is a must purchase for all radio hobbyists and anyone interested in 20th-century American history. It is an essential reference work for libraries and radio stations.

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Mystery novelist, antiquarian, and radio-show host John Dunning interviewed 125 radio stars, writers, newscasters, and sound-effects people in researching On The Air. On The Air traces the history of hundreds of radio shows and personalities from the medium's golden age. For each show, Dunnings provides a complete broadcasting history, with information about the show's dates and times slots, its creator, sponsors, announcers, sound people, and even its theme song. From Amos 'n' Andy to The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air, they're all here.

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ISBN-13:
9780199840458
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/19/1998
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

John Dunning is a popular mystery novelist, author of The Bookman's Wake and Booked to Die. He lives in Aurora, Colorado.

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On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
J_Waller More than 1 year ago
This is a useful book for getting the details of old radio shows. One reviewer apparently has no idea of what old time radio is as they left the comment that it is bad because it was not about music. In the days before TV radio was the dominant form of entertainment. It has left a rich heritage of shows from children's to dramas, westerns comedies, mysteries. This book helps to answer some of the questions about these shows. I as far as I can tell it is an exhaustive reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago