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Radio Sound Effects: Who Did It, and How, in the Era of Live Broadcasting
     

Radio Sound Effects: Who Did It, and How, in the Era of Live Broadcasting

by Robert L. Mott
 

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To today’s radio listener, it is difficult to imagine the influence radio once held over the American people. Unlike movies or newspapers, radio both informed and entertained its audience without requiring them to participate. Part of its success depended upon the people who created the sound effects—a squeaking door, the approach of a horse, or a

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To today’s radio listener, it is difficult to imagine the influence radio once held over the American people. Unlike movies or newspapers, radio both informed and entertained its audience without requiring them to participate. Part of its success depended upon the people who created the sound effects—a squeaking door, the approach of a horse, or a typewriter.
The author did live sound effects during the “Golden Age” of radio. He provides many insights into the early days of the medium as it grappled with entertaining an audience based on a single sense (hearing). How the sounds were produced is fully covered as are the artists responsible for their production. Stories of successful effects production are balanced by embarrassing or funny failures. A list of artists and their shows is included.

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“valuable reference tool...recommended”—Classic Images; “a delightful mixture of amusing anecdotes with serious documentation...a highly readable history of the entire medium of radio”—Choice; “a wonderful addition”—National Audio Theatre News; “delightful...entertaining”—Radio Collectors of America; “Mott is extremely knowledgeable...a very talented writer”—The Illustrated Press; “a very interesting and valuable book”—Monitoring Times; “highly recommended...interesting...a wealth of information”—Golden Radio Buffs of Maryland; “outstanding job of research and writing...liberally sprinkled with some wonderful anecdotes and philosophies”—Thrilling Days of Yesteryear; “fantastic, wonderful”—Radio Spirits; “fantastic”—North American Radio Archives; “a gem”—Mayland Public Radio; “a delightful behind-the-scenes story...entertaining and charming”—SPERDVAC Radiogram; “well-written...very useful”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly.
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The author did live sound effects during the Golden Age of radio for such shows as Perry Mason and Gangbusters. Mott discusses the early days of radio as it grappled with entertaining an audience, and includes black and white photos of props, casts and crews. He covers how sounds were produced, such as an elevator door sound imitated with a roller skate, and the artists who did it. Success stories are mixed with humorous failures. A list of artists and their shows is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Classic Images
valuable reference tool...recommended
Choice
a delightful mixture of amusing anecdotes with serious documentation...a highly readable history of the entire medium of radio
National Audio Theatre News
a wonderful addition

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422661
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/04/2005
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Mott has had a long career doing sound effects for films, cartoons, theater, commercials—and for radio (such as Gangbusters, Philip Morris Playhouse and Perry Mason), and television (including Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show, Playhouse 90, Captain Kangaroo and Bob Hope). Twice nominated for Emmy's for Days of Our Lives, he also wrote for Dick Van Dyke and Red Skelton. The Academy of Television Arts and Science selected him for their website honoring the legends of live television. He lives in Arroyo Grande, California.

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