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In Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand used the inspirational story of a downtrodden racehorse as the wheel around which she spun the history of America in the 1930s. In a similar vein, Fisher, a columnist for The Washington Post, has crafted a book about what was once believed to be a fading technology -- radio -- and the important place it secured in the last half of the 20th century.
Crackling with nostalgic energy and bristling with sagacity, Fisher's tale is a towering monument to radio (both talk and music) and the personalities behind the medium. Presenting a fascinating gallery of biographical vignettes, Fisher touches virtually every metropolitan market with captivating stories of the legendary broadcasters who invented sportscasting, bandstanding, news-talking, Beatle-patrolling, and countless other entertainments and promotions. The breadth of his coverage is impressive, and it ranges from such deejays as Cousin Brucie and Wolfman Jack to the rags-to-riches tales of syndication stars like Bob Fass, Art Bell, and (love him or hate him) Rush Limbaugh.
Surprising at every turn, Something in the Air is a treasure trove of radio legends, revealing the lives of broadcast personalities from virtually every format and niche. But it's also a brilliant study of pop culture's most alluring sounds and voices, carefully mixed down to a distinctive soundtrack of the generation that they inspired and the culture they helped shape. (Spring 2007 Selection)