Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of Radio

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While cultural historians and media scholars have been looking at television for decades, they have only recently turned their eyes (and ears) to radio. Studies of television rarely acknowledge that many of its forms-soap operas, situation comedies, quiz shows, sportscasts, etc.-all evolved out of the earlier medium. The essays collected here demonstrate that radio set patterns that have effected all forms of media that have followed it, and also look at how it has survived the coming of media that supposedly made it obsolete.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415928212
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/19/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 586
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Hilmes is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Hollywood in the Age of Television: From Radio to Cable and Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922-1952. Jason Loviglio is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Rethinking Radio 1
Ch. 2 Radio in the Great Depression: Promotional Culture, Public Service, and Propaganda 21
Ch. 3 Critical Reception: Public Intellectuals Decry Depression-Era Radio, Mass Culture, and Modern America 41
Ch. 4 "Your Voice Came in Last Night ... But I Thought it Sounded a Little Scared": Rural Radio Listening and "Talking Back" During the Progressive Era in Wisconsin, 1920-1932 63
Ch. 5 Vox Pop: Network Radio and the Voice of the People 89
Ch. 6 Man of the Hour: Walter A. Maier and Religion by Radio on the Lutheran Hour 113
Ch. 7 "The Tendency to Deprave and Corrupt Morals": Regulation and Irregular Sexuality in Golden Age Radio Comedy 135
Ch. 8 Poisons, Potions, and Profits: Radio Rebels and the Origins of the Consumer Movement 157
Ch. 9 Scary Women and Scarred Men: Suspense, Gender Trouble, and Postwar Change, 1942-1950 183
Ch. 10 Radio's "Cultural Front," 1938-1948 209
Ch. 11 Radio and the Political Discourse of Racial Equality 231
Ch. 12 A Dark(ened) Figure on the Airwaves: Race, Nation, and the Green Hornet 257
Ch. 13 Expatriate American Radio Propagandists in the Employ of the Axis Powers 277
Ch. 14 Now it Can Be Told: The Influence of the United States Occupation on Japanese Radio 301
Ch. 15 Before the Scandals: The Radio Precedents of the Quiz Show Genre 319
Ch. 16 "The Case of the Radio-Active Housewife": Relocating Radio in the Age of Television 343
Ch. 17 Radio Redefines Itself, 1947-1962 367
Ch. 18 Turn on ... Tune in: The Rise and Demise of Commercial Underground Radio 389
Ch. 19 Lead us not into Temptation: American Public Radio in a World of Infinite Possibilities 405
Ch. 20 Radio by and for the Public: The Death and Resurrection of Low-Power Radio 423
Ch. 21 Technostruggles: Black Liberation Radio 451
Ch. 22 Scanning the "Stations of the Cross": Christian Right Radio in Post-Fordist Society 461
Ch. 23 Letting the Boys Be Boys: Talk Radio, Male Hysteria, and Political Discourse in the 1980s 485
Ch. 24 Radio's Digital Future: Preserving the Public Interest in the Age of New Media 505
Notes on Contributors 531
Index 537
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