Radio and the Jews: The Untold Story of how Radio Influenced America's Image of Jews

Radio and the Jews: The Untold Story of how Radio Influenced America's Image of Jews

by David S. Siegel, Susan Siegel




From stereotypes to role models, the first comprehensive look at how Jews were portrayed on radio from the 1920s to the 1950s and how those images influenced with middle America thought about Jews. Examines over 100 Jewish themed programs and characters, including comedy, drama, soap opera, religious programs and World War II programs. Includes an audio CD with samples of many programs broadcast more than 60 years ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891379086
Publisher: Book Hunter Press
Publication date: 09/27/2007
Pages: 283
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Tona Hangen

"A carefully researched volume which explores the myriad portrayals of Jews and Jewishness on golden-age network radio. The Siegels' new book salvages many comedy, drama, and religious programs from obscurity, sheds new light on familiar Jewish-themed programs, and addresses anti-Semitic radio. A highly useful and often entertaining glimpse into Jewish radio of the golden age, Radio and the Jews is a unique reference for scholars of 20th century radio, media and religion.--(Tona Hangen, Author of Redeeming the Dial: Radio, Religion, and Popular Culture in America)

Andrew Ingall

"The Siegels provide a useful overview of American Jewish broadcast history that benefits collectors and scholars."--(Andrew Ingall, Assisant Curator, The Jewish Museum/National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting)

Christopher Sterling

"These pages provide a valuable record of Jewish portrayals during radio's golden age. That some of these portrayals were anything but positive sheds useful light on the early 20th century social context of radio's program development."--(Christopher Sterling, Editor, Encyclopedia of Radio)

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