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Radio Rides the Range: A Reference Guide to Western Drama on the Air, 1929-1967

Radio Rides the Range: A Reference Guide to Western Drama on the Air, 1929-1967

by Jack French, David S. Siegel


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Radio Rides the Range: A Reference Guide to Western Drama on the Air, 1929-1967

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786471461
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Pages: 244
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

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Will Hutchins 1

Preface 5

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

Bibliography 217

About the Contributors 221

Index 224

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"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."

Golden Days of Radio. - Frank Breese

"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."

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