Raised on Radio [NOOK Book]

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For everybody "raised on radio"—and that's everybody brought up in the thirties, forties, and early fifties—this is the ultimate book, combining nostalgia, history, judgment, and fun, as it reminds us of just how wonderful (and sometimes just how silly) this vanished medium was. Of course, radio still exists—but not the radio of The Lone Ranger and One Man's Family, of Our Gal Sunday and Life Can Be Beautiful, of The Goldbergs and Amos 'n' Andy, of Easy Aces, Vic and Sade, and Bob and Ray, of The Shadow and The ...
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Raised on Radio

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Overview

For everybody "raised on radio"—and that's everybody brought up in the thirties, forties, and early fifties—this is the ultimate book, combining nostalgia, history, judgment, and fun, as it reminds us of just how wonderful (and sometimes just how silly) this vanished medium was. Of course, radio still exists—but not the radio of The Lone Ranger and One Man's Family, of Our Gal Sunday and Life Can Be Beautiful, of The Goldbergs and Amos 'n' Andy, of Easy Aces, Vic and Sade, and Bob and Ray, of The Shadow and The Green Hornet, of Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, and Baby Snooks, of the great comics, announcers, sound-effects men, sponsors, and tycoons.

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—as a boy he did his homework to the sound of Jack Benny and Our Miss Brookstakes 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 deployed or invented, from the soap opera to the sitcom to the quiz show, zooming in to study closely key performers like Benny, Bob Hope, and Fred Allen, while pulling back to an overview that manages to be both comprehensive and seductively specific.

Here is a book that is generous, instructive, and sinfully readable—and that brings an era alive as it salutes an extraordinary American phenomenon.


From the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307828941
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 871,105
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Gerald Nachman has for thirty-eight years covered theater, movies, cabaret, and television for newspapers and magazines across the country. The author of three previous books, he lives in San Francisco.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Background Music vii
Introduction: Bedtime Stories 3
1 Radio-Free America 13
2 Vaudio 26
3 The Anticomedian 51
4 Nesting Instincts 73
5 Treadmill to Posterity 95
6 Wise Guys Finish First 119
7 Jokes, Inc. 139
8 For Your Listening and Dancing Pleasure 152
9 The Children's Hour 181
10 Saddle Sore 195
11 Valued Families 210
12 No WASPs Need Apply 237
13 We'll Be Back Right after These Words 257
14 A Voice of Another Color 271
15 Radio Noir--Cops and Grave Robbers 296
16 Minds over Matter 320
17 Just Folks 353
18 The Soap Factory 364
19 The Royal Family 388
20 Meet the Press 398
21 Best Seats in the House 430
22 Crunch, Creak, Crash, Whoosh, Wham, and Whoo-oooo 460
23 The Unseen Audience 470
24 We're a Little Late, Folks, So Good Night 485
Acknowledgments 503
Interviews 505
Bibliography 506
Index 510
Photo Credits 536
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