Hey Kemosabe! The Days (and Nights) of a Radio Idyll is a ground-breaking work, blending memoir and fiction to create a revelatory look beyond the surface of the times and at the biggest radio stars of the day. We witness the camaraderie of these superstars as they navigate their times: the partying, the hijinks, and the heartbreaking loss.
It focuses on the brilliant, sophisticated, and subversively clever Ingram while following his life, and that of the radio station, through more than two decades of dominance over the New York area airwaves. More than just a "music" book, Hey Kemosabe! is based on the remembrances of Ingram and other characters, drawn from interviews by the author, former CBS News writer Chris Ingram (who is also Big Dan's son).
WABC and its beloved cast of characters provided the mortar that helped hold us all together during a turbulent era-from the arrival of the Beatles through national tragedies like the Kennedy and King assassinations; from the rise of disco, FM, and talk radio to the murder of John Lennon. They were always there, dependable friends setting the tone with humor, energy, and, when called for, reverence.
Chris Ingram grew up with a rare view of the advent, heyday, and demise of personality based rock-and-roll radio. The son of radio legend Big Dan Ingram, he had a front-row seat to a magic era in the industry, both before and behind the scenes. A former news writer for CBS News, Ingram has written about major events occurring around the globe. Now he's turned his attention to the story of WABC Musicradio and the stars who made it the most listened-to radio station on the planet for two decades. His enthusiasm for the subject matter covered in Hey Kemosabe! The Days (and Nights) of a Radio Idyll is proven, having followed his father's footsteps into radio; he's also a radio deejay.
Chris has written this unique work by blending memoir, fiction, and the results of hours of interviews with many of the characters included within. He presents a fast-paced, rollicking ride through an era of upheaval and excitement.
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This book far exceeded my expectations. It goes way beyond the usual, "inside look" at a fascinating moment of time in this country. It has crisp pacing, hilarious moments and heartbreaking tragedy, all distilled into a sweet, powerful look at some amazing stars of their time. I would highly recommend this to all readers, not just those interested in radio or history. It is beautifully written and transports the reader with its active prose and beautiful descriptions.
If you love Mad Men, you'll love Hey Kemosabe! Fasten your seatbelts. Ingram takes the reader on a wonderful ride through the tumultuous 6os and 70s. As the son of radio legend Dan Ingram, he had a front row seat inside the world of rock and roll radio during its hey day. Whether you lived through the events of the 60s and 70s or weren't born yet, you'll appreciate Ingram's beautiful writing style that truly captures an era. We may know how it ends, but the reader won't be able to put this book down. I highly recommend it.