This is a comprehensive encyclopedia to the more than 100 radio programs portraying the American West, in fact and fiction, heard by generations of listeners from the Great Depression through the Cold War era. The book includes both the popular and lesser known series, as well as would-be offerings that never made it past the audition stage. Each entry describes the series, the extent to which it was based on actual facts, the audience it was written for, and its broadcast history. The descriptions also examine how the programs reflected society’s changing social and cultural attitudes towards racial and ethnic minorities and the role of women. The availability of surviving audio copies and original scripts is noted. An extensive bibliography and several appendices provide additional sources of information about Western programming during the Golden Age of Radio.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Jack French, a retired FBI agent, has researched vintage broadcasting for over 40 years. He edits Radio Recall and is the author of Private Eyelashes: Radio’s Lady Detectives, which won the Agatha Award. Inducted into the Radio Once More Hall of Fame in 2011, he lives in Fairfax, Virginia. The late David S. Siegel collected golden age of radio broadcasts, scripts, magazines, books and ephemera for 50+ years and had one of the largest radio archives in private hands. He was the editor, author or coauthor of seven books about old time radio and lived in New York.
Table of Contents
Foreword Will Hutchins 1
The Programs 11
Appendix 1 Series with Insufficient Data to Classify or Describe 209
Appendix 2 Time Line of Western Programs 211
Appendix 3 Western Programs on Mainstream Radio 213
Appendix 4 Sources for Audio Copies of Western Programs 215
Appendix 5 Sources for Scripts of Western Programs 216
About the Contributors 221
What People are Saying About This
"This sorely needed book will help document the radio westerns. The content has been provided by dedicated contributors who have the background and knowledge of each series."
"Playing Little Beaver on Red Ryder was my most exciting radio role. I'm gratified to be in this extraordinary volume of western radio drama which David and Jack have compiled."