Radio After the Golden AgeRadio After the Golden Age

What became of radio after its Golden Age ended about 1960?

Author: Jim Cox

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786474349


Page: 264

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What became of radio after its Golden Age ended about 1960? Not long ago Arbitron found that almost 93 percent of Americans age 12 and older are regular radio listeners, a higher percentage than those turning to television, magazines, newspapers, or the Internet. But the sounds they hear now barely resemble those of radio's heyday when it had little competition as a mass entertainment and information source. Much has transpired in the past fifty-plus years: a proliferation of disc jockeys, narrowcasting, the FM band, satellites, automation, talk, ethnicity, media empires, Internet streaming and gadgets galore Deregulation, payola, HD radio, pirate radio, the fall of transcontinental networks, the rise of local stations, conglomerate ownership, and radio's future landscape are examined in detail. Radio has lost a bit of influence yet it continues to inspire stunning innovations.

Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio ComedyJack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

Studies now showed that families who had owned TV sets for eighteen months listened to very little radio after 6:00 p.m., and Jack Benny's previously high Sunday evening radio ratings were hit particularly hard.

Author: Kathryn Fuller-Seeley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520295049


Page: 373

View: 889

"Jack Benny became one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century--by being the top radio comedian, when the comics ruled radio, and radio was the most powerful and pervasive mass medium in the US. In 23 years of weekly radio broadcasts, by aiming all the insults at himself, Benny created Jack, the self-deprecating "Fall Guy" character. He indelibly shaped American humor as a space to enjoy the equal opportunities of easy camaraderie with his cast mates, and equal ego deflation. Benny was the master of comic timing, knowing just when to use silence to create suspense or to have a character leap into the dialogue to puncture Jack's pretentions. Jack Benny was also a canny entrepreneur, becoming one of the pioneering "showrunners" combining producer, writer and performer into one job. His modern style of radio humor eschewed stale jokes in favor informal repartee with comic hecklers like his valet Rochester (played by Eddie Anderson) and Mary Livingstone his offstage wife. These quirky characters bouncing off each other in humorous situations created the situation comedy. In this career study, we learn how Jack Benny found ingenious ways to sell his sponsors' products in comic commercials beloved by listeners, and how he dealt with the challenges of race relations, rigid gender ideals and an insurgent new media industry (TV). Jack Benny created classic comedy for a rapidly changing American culture, providing laughter that buoyed radio listeners from 1932's depths of the Great Depression, through World War II to the mid-1950s"--Provided by publisher.

The Concise Encyclopedia of American RadioThe Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio

Despitethesechanges inthemedium, racial stereotypes of African Americansand othersdidnot change quickly; as theyhadexisted priorto radio's GoldenAge, they persistedafter it ended.In1948 Joe Scribner developed SleepyJoe, a children's ...

Author: Christopher H. Sterling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135176839


Page: 940

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The average American listens to the radio three hours a day. In light of recent technological developments such as internet radio, some argue that the medium is facing a crisis, while others claim we are at the dawn of a new radio revolution. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio is an essential single-volume reference guide to this vital and evolving medium. It brings together the best and most important entries from the three-volume Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio, edited by Christopher Sterling. Comprised of more than 300 entries spanning the invention of radio to the Internet, The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio addresses personalities, music genres, regulations, technology, programming and stations, the "golden age" of radio and other topics relating to radio broadcasting throughout its history. The entries are updated throughout and the volume includes nine new entries on topics ranging from podcasting to the decline of radio. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio include suggestions for further reading as complements to most of the articles, biographical details for all person-entries, production credits for programs, and a comprehensive index.

From Radio to the Big ScreenFrom Radio to the Big Screen

There's a lot of truth to the old wisecrack that the “Golden Age” ofanything generally oc- curred just before you were born. This writer came into the world in the decade when the predominance of big-time network radio was drawing to a ...

Author: Hal Erickson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786477579


Page: 316

View: 102

"Erickson is one of those select few writers who can always be counted on to produce a quality book. His writing is informative, breezy, and most entertaining. I never have to worry about the information contained in one of his books; in fact, I learn a great deal from his impeccable research…he also sprinkles his text with interesting tidbits. This new book is no exception…. Erickson has given us a substantial history of these films and series…a pleasure to read and I recommend you get this excellent book."--Classic Images There was a time when "American popular entertainment" referred only to radio and motion pictures. With the coming of talking pictures, Hollywood cashed in on the success of big-time network radio by bringing several of the public's favorite broadcast personalities and programs to the screen. The results, though occasionally successful, often proved conclusively that some things are better heard than seen. Concentrating primarily on radio's Golden Age (1926-1962), this lively history discusses the cinematic efforts of airwave stars Rudy Vallee, Amos 'n' Andy, Fred Allen, Joe Penner, Fibber McGee & Molly, Edgar Bergen, Lum & Abner, and many more. Also analyzed are the movie versions of such radio series as The Shadow, Dr. Christian and The Life of Riley. In addition, two recent films starring contemporary radio headliners Howard Stern and Garrison Keillor are given their due.

Pittsburgh s Golden Age of RadioPittsburgh s Golden Age of Radio

GUD 106 on PITTSBURGH'S FM radios WAZZ - JAZZ WAMO - FM was established in the early 1960s on 105.9 . After a testing period , it instituted an all - jazz format as WAZZ . The on - air staff included Paul Blair , John Eastman ...

Author: Ed Salamon

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738572233


Page: 127

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Pittsburgh is the birthplace of radio, the location of many of radio's first and most influential stations and broadcast personalities, and a key market for the development of new formats. Pittsburghers' reaction to the music they heard on the radio helped to break records and create stars. Radio provided an unprecedented audience for live performances by local artists. After the big band era, radio gave voice to pop, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues. Pittsburgh's Golden Age of Radio celebrates the city's radio history, deejays, contests, concerts, public service, and promotions from radio's beginnings in the 1920s through the late 1970s, when listening on FM exceeded that on AM for the first time.

Newspapers in TransitionNewspapers in Transition

Radio Journalism in America: Telling the News in the Golden Age and Beyond (2013) Musicmakers ofNetwork Radio: 24 Entertainers, 1926–1962 (2012) ... Radio After the Golden Age: The Evolution ofAmerican Broadcasting Since 1960 (2013) ...

Author: Jim Cox

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476616490


Page: 232

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The impact of cyberspace on newsprint journalism is at the core of this text. After a brief history of U.S. news dailies and weeklies it turns attention to those journals’ status today. A wide range of forces that impinge on their success and failure are explored, including the decline of their relevancy for an increasing percentage of the population. Newspapers’ prospects for the future is the primary focus as papers curtail their dependency on historically physically-delivered patterns to shift to more economical and faster methods of supplying the news. Rivals for the attention of traditional readers are burgeoning. Possibilities for the outcome over the next decade are investigated. The profound effects of change on newsrooms, advertising, circulation, economics, and the place of newspapers and their communities are fully examined.

Encyclopedia of Children Adolescents and the MediaEncyclopedia of Children Adolescents and the Media

Radio programming for children and adolescents can be divided into two distinct periods: the golden age of radio before the arrival of television and radio after the emergence of TV. RADIO'S GOLDEN AGE Although experimentation with ...

Author: Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412905305


Page: 886

View: 206

From Internet censorship to sex and violence on television and in video games to debates over rock lyrics, the effect of media on children and adolescents is one of the most widely debated issues in our society. The Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts on the media's interaction with children and adolescents. With more than 400 entries, the two volumes of this resource cover the traditional and electronic media and their controversial impact—for good and ill—on children and adolescents.

Radio Journalism in AmericaRadio Journalism in America

... Monitor's heavy emphasis on current events and key newsmakers, interviewed by sparkling Monitor luminaries, drew legions of listeners to their radios each weekend, long after the golden age passed. In Weaver's original design, ...

Author: Jim Cox

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476601199


Page: 272

View: 137

This history of radio news reporting recounts and assesses the contributions of radio toward keeping America informed since the 1920s. It identifies distinct periods and milestones in broadcast journalism and includes a biographical dictionary of important figures who brought news to the airwaves. Americans were dependent on radio for cheap entertainment during the Great Depression and for critical information during the Second World War, when no other medium could approach its speed and accessibility. Radio’s diminished influence in the age of television beginning in the 1950s is studied, as the aural medium shifted from being at the core of many families’ activities to more specialized applications, reaching narrowly defined listener bases. Many people turned elsewhere for the news. (And now even TV is challenged by yet newer media.) The introduction of technological marvels throughout the past hundred years has significantly altered what Americans hear and how, when, and where they hear it.

A Resource Guide to the Golden Age of RadioA Resource Guide to the Golden Age of Radio

Today , some four decades after the last of the Golden Age While several of the repositories included in the pages of of Radio broadcasts went off the air , dozens of new books are this Guide have long standing and well deserved ...

Author: Susan Siegel


ISBN: UOM:39015063343571


Page: 215

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The first ever guide to 3,800 primary and seconary sources that explore radio's contribution to America's cultural heritage.Index integrates separate listings in Special Collections, Bibliography and Internet chapters and can be searched by program title, person or subject.

A Companion to the History of American BroadcastingA Companion to the History of American Broadcasting

Alexander Russo The twenty‐first century has seen a resurgence of excellent radio scholarship. ... on the post‐1950s period, as does Jim Cox's Radio After the Golden Age: the Evolution of American Broadcasting Since 1960 (2013).

Author: Aniko Bodroghkozy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118646281


Page: 512

View: 858

Presented in a single volume, this engaging review reflects on the scholarship and the historical development of American broadcasting A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting comprehensively evaluates the vibrant history of American radio and television and reveals broadcasting’s influence on American history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With contributions from leading scholars on the topic, this wide-ranging anthology explores the impact of broadcasting on American culture, politics, and society from an historical perspective as well as the effect on our economic and social structures. The text’s original and accessibly-written essays offer explorations on a wealth of topics including the production of broadcast media, the evolution of various television and radio genres, the development of the broadcast ratings system, the rise of Spanish language broadcasting in the United States, broadcast activism, African Americans and broadcasting, 1950’s television, and much more. This essential resource: Presents a scholarly overview of the history of radio and television broadcasting and its influence on contemporary American history Contains original essays from leading academics in the field Examines the role of radio in the television era Discusses the evolution of regulations in radio and television Offers insight into the cultural influence of radio and television Analyzes canonical texts that helped shape the field Written for students and scholars of media studies and twentieth-century history, A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting is an essential and field-defining guide to the history and historiography of American broadcasting and its many cultural, societal, and political impacts.

Revolution in the Echo ChamberRevolution in the Echo Chamber

A re-creation of golden age radio drama for a contemporary audience', Studies in Theatre and Performance, 34:3, pp. ... (2013), Radio After the Golden Age: The Evolution of American Broadcasting Since 1960, Jefferson: McFarland & Co.

Author: Leslie McMurtry

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781789380439



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Revolution in the Echo Chamber is a sociohistorical analysis of British and US radio and audio drama from 1919 to the present day. This volume examines the aesthetic, cultural and technical elements of audio drama along with its context within the literary canon. In addition to the form and development of aural drama, Leslie Grace McMurtry provides an exploration of mental imagery generation in relation to its reception and production. Building on historical analysis, Revolution in the Echo Chamber provides contemporary perspective, drawing on trends from the current audio drama environment to analyse how people listen to audio drama, including podcast drama, today – and how they might listen in the future.

Sold on RadioSold on Radio

Advertisers in the Golden Age of Broadcasting Jim Cox. Radio: After trying some attempts in radio that didn't last, Pure Oil Company hit its stride by securing newscaster H. V. Kaltenborn (1940 to 1955, NBC). The colorful commentator of ...

Author: Jim Cox

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786451760


Page: 332

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How was it that America would fund its nascent national radio services? Government control and a subscription-like model were both considered! Soon an advertising system emerged, leading radio into its golden age from the 1920s to the early 1960s. This work, divided into two parts, studies the commercialization of network radio during its golden age. The first part covers the general history of radio advertising. The second examines major radio advertisers of the period, with profiles of 24 companies who maintained a strong presence on the airwaves. Appendices provide information on 100 additional advertisers, unusual advertisement formats, and a glossary. The book has notes and a bibliography and is fully indexed.


The ten - year period from 1919 to 1929 was surely the Golden Age of RCA in radio when Radiola receivers were a dominant ... It was also a period when Radiolas scored many firsts for receivers mass - produced in large quantities for the ...

Author: Eric P. Wenaas

Publisher: Sonoran Publishing

ISBN: 1886606218


Page: 475

View: 598

Chronicles the early history of RCA (Radio Corporation of America) and documents with pictures every radio receiver and the accessories that they produced in the 1920s.

A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian PeninsulaA Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula

After the golden age of radio fiction ended, with its soap operas, plays, and short stories, new formats began to appear, where fictional programming did not constitute entire shows in themselves (with few exceptions; Radio 3, of Radio ...

Author: César Domínguez

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027266910


Page: 765

View: 216

Volume 2 of A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula brings to an end this collective work that aims at surveying the network of interliterary relations in the Iberian Peninsula. No attempt at such a comparative history of literatures in the Iberian Peninsula has been made until now. In this volume, the focus is placed on images (Section 1), genres (Section 2), forms of mediation (Section 3), and cultural studies and literary repertoires (Section 4). To these four sections an epilogue is added, in which specialists in literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as in the (sub)disciplines of comparative history and comparative literary history, search for links between Volumes 1 and 2 from the point of view of general contributions to the field of Iberian comparative studies, and assess the entire project that now reaches completion with contributions from almost one hundred scholars.

The Mediated WorldThe Mediated World

... and generally talk before and after songs are played. They are also called announcers or deejays. Golden Age of Radio The era before the emergence of television in which radio reigned as the primary entertainment medium in the home.

Author: David T. Z. Mindich

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538117613


Page: 498

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The Mediated World is written for students to engage in how we communicate with one another, how we understand our world, and how media shapes us. Using stories of our media and culture, this book offers historical context, integrates new media advances into each chapter, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication.

Shakespeare After Mass MediaShakespeare After Mass Media

practicing of Shakespeare and Teddy's obsessive recitation of radio tagphrases, both comically overwrought. ... the persistent impulse to wed Shakespeare with radio-style drama, long after the passing of the medium's “golden age.

Author: R. Burt

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137092779


Page: 340

View: 221

Shakespeare in mass media - particularly film, video, and television - is arguably the hottest, fastest growing research agenda in Shakespeare studies. Shakespeare after Mass Media provides students and scholars with the most comprehensive resource available on the market for studying the pop cultural afterlife of The Bard. From marketing to electronic Shakespeare, comics to romance novels, Star Trek to Branagh, radio and popular music to Bartlett's Quotations , the volume explores the contemporary cultural significance of Shakespeare in an unprecedently broad array of mass media contexts. With theoretical sophistication and accessible writing, it will be the ideal text for courses on Shakespeare and mass media.

More Nashville NostalgiaMore Nashville Nostalgia

After returning from the Army of World War II , I played some more at both WLAC and WSM during the Golden Age of Radio when live music was a staple of radio broadcasting Today , our son , Jeff Thompson , is an announcer and producer at ...

Author: E. D. Thompson

Publisher: Westview Publishing Co., Inc.

ISBN: 0975564676


Page: 308

View: 390

This is E. D. Thompson's second collection of facts and memories about the Nashville that we remember. If you read Nashville Nostalgia, then you know that you are about to add to the knowledge and happiness that you derived from that book. If this volume is your first look back at the Nashville of your childhood and your parents' childhood, then you are about to embark on a journey through the history of a city like no other. More Nashville Nostalgia will remind you why Nashville is called the Athens of the South and Music City USA, where your favorite department stores and movie theatres were located, when Hillsboro High School burned down, what big bands played in Nashville, and who Alfred Leland Crabb, Louis Nicholas, Jere Baxter, Ken Bramming, and Bettie Page were. On every page is a name, a food, a street, or a pastime which will spark a happy memory-and for the parts which are new to you, this book will make you wish you had known them! My father's love for the past is infectious, and you will find yourself sharing his wistful reverence for those sights and sounds which will never come again but which will never leave our memories and our hearts. The only treasure more valuable than Nashville nostalgia is more Nashville nostalgia!

A New Modern History of East AsiaA New Modern History of East Asia

This was South Korea's golden age of radio. After the May 16 military coup of 1961, however, the Korean Broadcasting System (from 1973 Korean Broadcasting Station, KBS) became an effective tool for legitimizing the military coup d'état.

Author: Eckhardt Fuchs

Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH

ISBN: 9783737007085


Page: 840

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For decades, historians and societal forces have campaigned for rapprochement, reconciliation and dialogue between East Asian nations. This book is a result of these efforts. Debates regarding the interpretation of the modern history of East Asia continue to affect bilateral relations between the states of the region. History education has become a particularly controversial issue in this context. This book’s main message is that a common understanding regarding the history of East Asia is possible, even though some differences remain. It is not only a major contribution to reconciliation in the region, but as the first textbook on the history of East Asia written collaboratively by scholars from three East Asian countries, it is also highly recommended for use in an anglophone teaching environment. The authors are a group of historians, teachers and concerned citizens from China, Japan and South Korea.

Cryo KidCryo Kid

When she took me to see a play performed by children, I pointed to the stage in excitement and cried, ... I took lessons in radio performance as well, and by age ten was appearing every week on “Calling All Children,” a Saturday morning ...

Author: Corinne Copnick

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595478347


Page: 224

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Cryo Kid: Drawing a New Map is an exploration inspired by true experience. Written with insightful humor and a sense of wonder from the perspective of a seventy-something grandmother, it is educational, positive, and eye-opening. The author, Corinne Heather Copnick (Grandma), explores the exponential transformation that has taken place in families in her lifetime, as well as the infertility crisis currently experienced by career women who waited too long to have children. Her own granddaughter, the Cryo Kid of the title, seven years old in 2007, came into being through an anonymous donor from a sperm bank. Against the backdrop of three cities, Montreal, Toronto, and Los Angeles, Cryo Kid is written in several voices (narrators): the author, her daughter, the granddaughter (a gifted child who adds so much joy to their lives), and the sperm donor. It describes the experiences of two of Grandma's daughters, who conceived through assisted-reproduction technology (sperm donors), explores the generational changes in Grandma's own family, and details the remarkable discovery of siblings across the country, as well as the unexpected participation of the donor. The last chapter concerns well-researched future possibilities in assisted reproductive technology. (The word "cryo" is short for cryogenics.) [email protected]