Vic and Sade on the Radio: A Cultural History of Paul Rhymer's Daytime Series, 1932-1944

Vic and Sade on the Radio: A Cultural History of Paul Rhymer's Daytime Series, 1932-1944

by John T. Hetherington

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Vic and Sade on the Radio: A Cultural History of Paul Rhymer's Daytime Series, 1932-1944 by John T. Hetherington

Vic and Sade, an often absurd situation comedy written by the prolific Paul Rhymer, aired on America’s radios from 1932 to 1944 (with short-lived revivals afterward). The title characters, known as “radio’s home folks,” were a married couple exploring the comedic side of ordinary life along with their adopted son and an eccentric uncle. This book examines the program’s depiction of many aspects of American culture—leisure activities, community groups, education, films—in light of the critiques put forward by the era’s critics such as William Orton. Vic and Sade offered its own subtle cultural critique that reflected how ordinary people experienced mass culture of the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786463039
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2014
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John T. Hetherington is a lecturer in communications at SUNY Empire State College. He lives in Albany, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Part I The Media Context

Chapter 1 Rhymer Is "Outstanding" 9

Chapter 2 The Birth of Vic and Sade 23

Chapter 3 "Something to be interested in": Daytime Radio 42

Chapter 4 The "ins and outs of modern life": Mass Culture and Its Critics 62

Part II Social and Cultural Contexts

Chapter 5 Leisure: "It represents quite a problem" 73

Chapter 6 "Let's go to the picture show": Movies 106

Chapter 7 "Seated on the davenport reading": The Role of Reading 121

Chapter 8 "Where'd you copy that from?": Education 141

Chapter 9 "Doing exactly the same thing": The Individual and the Community 160

Conclusion: Saying Goodbye 183

Chapter Notes 191

Selected Bibliography 203

Index 207

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