Raised on Radio / Edition 1

Raised on Radio / Edition 1

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by Gerald Nachman
     
 


In the late 1920s radio exploded almost overnight into being America's dominant entertainment, just as television would do twenty-five years later. Gerald Nachman, himself a product of the radio years, takes us back to the heyday of radio, bringing to life the great performers and shows, as well as the not-so-great and not-great-at-all. Nachman analyzes the many… See more details below

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In the late 1920s radio exploded almost overnight into being America's dominant entertainment, just as television would do twenty-five years later. Gerald Nachman, himself a product of the radio years, takes us back to the heyday of radio, bringing to life the great performers and shows, as well as the not-so-great and not-great-at-all. Nachman analyzes the many genres that radio exploited or invented, from the soap opera to the sitcom to the quiz show, zooming in to study closely key performers like Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Fred Allen. Raised on Radio is a generous, instructive, and sinfully readable salute to an extraordinary American phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520223035
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/23/2000
Edition description:
1ST PBK
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
732,288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Background Musicvii
Introduction: Bedtime Stories3
1Radio-Free America13
2Vaudio26
3The Anticomedian51
4Nesting Instincts73
5Treadmill to Posterity95
6Wise Guys Finish First119
7Jokes, Inc.139
8For Your Listening and Dancing Pleasure152
9The Children's Hour181
10Saddle Sore195
11Valued Families210
12No WASPs Need Apply237
13We'll Be Back Right after These Words257
14A Voice of Another Color271
15Radio Noir--Cops and Grave Robbers296
16Minds over Matter320
17Just Folks353
18The Soap Factory364
19The Royal Family388
20Meet the Press398
21Best Seats in the House430
22Crunch, Creak, Crash, Whoosh, Wham, and Whoo-oooo460
23The Unseen Audience470
24We're a Little Late, Folks, So Good Night485
Acknowledgments503
Interviews505
Bibliography506
Index510
Photo Credits536

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