Sounds in the Air: The Golden Age of Radio

Sounds in the Air: The Golden Age of Radio

by Norman H. Finkelstein
     
 

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In this unique contribution to American social history, Norman Finkelstein explores the Golden Age of radio broadcasting from the Great Depression through World War II. Radio became the common experience of a diverse nation, providing entertainment, news and information to unify all Americans. Quoted passages from old programs and commercials provide readers with the…  See more details below

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In this unique contribution to American social history, Norman Finkelstein explores the Golden Age of radio broadcasting from the Great Depression through World War II. Radio became the common experience of a diverse nation, providing entertainment, news and information to unify all Americans. Quoted passages from old programs and commercials provide readers with the flavor of what radio used to be.

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Gr 6-12-- From the announcement of the sinking of the Titanic to the advent of television, this history of radio provides readers with a look at how and why citizens of the 1920s began tuning in to America's newest pastime. Peppered with anecdotes, the text focuses on the stages of radio's development including music entertainment through vaudeville, comedy, and news, giving readers an accurate portrayal of this national phenomena. The writing is concise and provides interesting accounts of the first commercials, soap operas, and newscasts that brought current events home. The social history covers pertinent issues including stereotyped African-American characters (Amos `n Andy and Rochester), war correspondence, and the growing business of tobacco advertising. The photographs are bland, but then radio isn't a visual experience, so they are adequate. --Judie Porter, Media Services Center, Portsmouth School Department, RI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595131907
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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