Public Radio: Behind the Voices

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An avid fan of public radio, Phillips was driven to know more about the people who deliver the news, the conversation, and the diverse programs that she and millions of others rely on every day. The result is Public Radio: Behind the Voices, a collection of personal stories from more than forty of the most listened to voices in public radio, including Noah Adams, Susan Stamberg, Scott Simon, Diane Rehm, and Terry Gross.
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Overview

An avid fan of public radio, Phillips was driven to know more about the people who deliver the news, the conversation, and the diverse programs that she and millions of others rely on every day. The result is Public Radio: Behind the Voices, a collection of personal stories from more than forty of the most listened to voices in public radio, including Noah Adams, Susan Stamberg, Scott Simon, Diane Rehm, and Terry Gross.
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SUNY journalism professor Lisa Phillips is a confirmed radio junkie who has worked at six public radio stations in five states. In Public Radio: Behind the Voices, she pays moving tribute to the profession by presenting zestful profiles of 43 public radio personalities. Phillips blends background information and interviews to present beloved hosts including Daniel Schorr, Nina Totenberg, Tavis Smiley, Garrison Keillor, Cokie Roberts, Linda Wertheimer, Michael Feldman, and Marian McPartland.
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While commercial radio has become increasingly formulaic, Phillips says, the radio audience has established an intimate connection with public radio hosts: "This voice-to-ear relationship is a startlingly radical one in an era when image is everything." The SUNY journalism professor, who has worked at six public radio stations in five states, is passionate about her field, and her fervor is evident throughout these 43 profiles of public radio personalities, her "broadcasting heroes." Blending research with in-depth interviews, she divides the portraits into three categories. "Music" ranges from the spontaneity of Nic Harcourt (on the free-form Morning Becomes Eclectic) to "deliciously polite" Marian McPartland (on the long-running Piano Jazz). "News and Information" covers Susan Stamberg (NPR's "founding mother"), Daniel Schorr, Bob Edwards, Nina Totenberg and others. Finally, the 16 profiles in the "Talk and Entertainment" section include Tavis Smiley, Garrison Keillor and quipster Michael Feldman (Whad'Ya Know?). Phillips praises the narrative style of Ira Glass (This American Life) and the conversational approach of Fresh Air's Terry Gross, although Glass and Gross both declined to be interviewed. Phillips is a gifted journalist, able to draw out her subjects' vibrant presence on the printed page. 16-page b&w photo insert not seen by PW. (Apr. 18) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593151430
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa A. Phillips is a former radio reporter who has worked at six public radio stations in five states. She teaches journalism at the State University of New York at New Paltz and has freelanced for the New York Times, NPR, Marketplace, and other publications and radio programs. Her reporting has received four regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a New York Festival award, and honors from The Communicator and the Associated Press. Phillips is also a published fiction writer who has been honored with a 2002 New York Foundation for the Arts fiction award, the National Society for Arts and Letters/Pittsburgh chapter award and the Scott Turow award. She lives in Woodstock, New York with her husband, Bill Mead, and their daughter Clara.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Calling All Public Radio Devotees

    There is a fascination with public radio and its personalities that is hard to descibe. This well written book capures the spirit and essence of some of our favorite public radio hosts. It allows us a' behind the scenes' glimpse at the people we listen to day in and day out. A must read for all public radio fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    Nicely Done.

    I never thought a book of personality profiles would be something I would read, much less review, but this book is exceptional. Each profile is wonderfully written and brings the subject to life on the page. Ms. Phillips is a talented writer whose concise style is thoroughly engaging and entertaining. I even laughed out loud in a quiet reading room while reading the chapter on Scott Simon. This drew some looks. If you like public radio and have ever been curious about the people behind the voices you hear this book is for you.

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