The Children's Hour: Radio Programs for Children, 1929-1956

Overview

In the early years of radio broadcasting, an immensely popular type of programming was that aimed at children, especially the "thriller dramas." This book gives an overview of children's radio programming, the accompanying parental protests, and the possible effects of listening to the "blood and thunder," as well as a look at life in the radio era. Boemer describes 47 programs, all broadcast nationally from 1929 through 1956, including well-known ones such as The Lone Ranger and The Adventures of Superman and ...

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Overview

In the early years of radio broadcasting, an immensely popular type of programming was that aimed at children, especially the "thriller dramas." This book gives an overview of children's radio programming, the accompanying parental protests, and the possible effects of listening to the "blood and thunder," as well as a look at life in the radio era. Boemer describes 47 programs, all broadcast nationally from 1929 through 1956, including well-known ones such as The Lone Ranger and The Adventures of Superman and some rather obscure ones, with plot descriptions and excerpts from individual episodes.

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Editorial Reviews

Sperdvac Radiogram
An excellent, handy reference.
— Chris Lembesis
Movie Collector's World
...an excellent insight into the early years of radio broadcasting.
— Leon Smith
American Reference Books Annual
...patrons interested in popular culture, the history of broadcasting, and children's studies will find much to value in this book.
— Michael Ann Moskowitz
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...patrons interested in popular culture, the history of broadcasting, and children's studies will find much to value in this book.
— Michael Ann Moskowitz
Sperdvac Radiogram - Chris Lembesis
An excellent, handy reference.
Movie Collector's World - Leon Smith
...an excellent insight into the early years of radio broadcasting.
American Reference Books Annual - Michael Ann Moskowitz
...patrons interested in popular culture, the history of broadcasting, and children's studies will find much to value in this book.
Sperdvac Radiogram
An excellent, handy reference.
— Chris Lembesis
Movie Collector's World
...an excellent insight into the early years of radio broadcasting.
— Leon Smith
American Reference Books Annual
...patrons interested in popular culture, the history of broadcasting, and children's studies will find much to value in this book.
— Michael Ann Moskowitz
Booknews
Covers well-known programs such as The Lone Ranger, and The Adventures of Superman as well as some rather obscure programs such as Hoofbeats and Renfrew of the Mounted. Plot descriptions and excerpts from individual episodes are included for each program. The programmatic material is preceded by several chapters on the phenomenon of radio and life in the radio age. Non-academic and not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810822702
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1989
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Lawrence Boemer (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is an Assistant Professor in the Radio / Television / Film Department at the University of North Texas.

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