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|Country/Region of Manufacture:||United States||Format:||Hardcover|
|Subject:||Old Time Radio Broadcasting||IsTextBook:||No|
|Special Attributes:||Dust Jacket||Binding:||Hardbound|
|Weight:||4||Topic:||Old Time Radio Broadcasting|
|Product Group:||Book||Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Now long out of print, John Dunning's Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting. Now, in On the Air, Dunning has completely rethought this classic work, reorganizing the material and doubling its coverage, to provide a richer and more informative account of radio's golden age. Here are some 1,500 radio shows presented in alphabetical order. The great programs of the '30s, '40s, and '50s are all here--Amos 'n' Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly,The Lone Ranger, Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour, and The March of Time, to name only a few. For each, Dunning provides a complete broadcast history, with the timeslot, the network, and the name of the show's advertisers. He also lists major cast members, announcers, producers, directors, writers, and sound effects people--even the show's theme song. There are also umbrella entries, such as "News Broadcasts," which features an engaging essay on radio news, with capsule biographies of major broadcasters, such as Lowell Thomas and Edward R. Murrow. Equally important, Dunning provides a fascinating account of each program, taking us behind the scenes to capture the feel of the performance, such as the ghastly sounds of Lights Out (a horror drama where heads rolled and bones crunched), and providing engrossing biographies of the main people involved in the show. A wonderful read for everyone who loves old-time radio, On the Air is a must purchase for all radio hobbyists and anyone interested in 20th-century American history. It is an essential reference work for libraries and radio stations.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||1028516|
|Number Of Pages||840 pages|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, Incorporated|
|LC Classification Number||PN1991.3.U6D8 1998|
|"A massive expansion of the same author's much-sought-after 1976 book "Tune in Yesterday." Anyone with even a passing interest in old radio will find this long-awaited work fascinating; for devotees, it will be the new standard reference. But even those unfamiliar with vintage radio could becaptivated by this extraordinarily well-researched and interestingly written chronicle of a form of popular culture whose golden age was richly diverse and all too brief."--Los Angeles Daily News "A massive, 822-page volume that should stand as the all-time standard reference on radio.... Dunning's book is also irrestistible, can't put down reading, filled with fascinating facts and amazing anecdotes. To call On the Air complete is to sell it short."--San Diego Tribune "A warning to any old-time radio enthusiast: once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down. It's not only the ultimate reference guide to radio's golden age, it's compulsively readable, too."--Leonard Maltin "Dunning has expertly compiled and organized a massive amount of research data on hundreds of radio shows aired from the 1920s through the 1960s. The entries, listed alphabetically by show title, each contain a treasure trove of information--broadcast dates, casts and personnel, anecdotes,special analyses, and a detailed overview of each show's background, format, and content.... An extensive bibliography and index enhance the book's appeal. For those who once gathered around the console, the more than 700 pages of entries should provide a wonderful stroll down memory lane.Historians and researchers will also find this a valuable reference tool, offering new discoveries and insights."--Library Journal "John Dunning has compiled the ultimate Radio-phile's encyclopedia: a glorious goldmine of information on the 'golden age' of radio. I was there at the end of that era, both as a young radio actor and as the guy who replaced Jack Benny on CBS--making me the last network radio comedian inAmerica. Many of the shows that influenced my sense of humor growing up--from Vic and Sade to Fred Allen--are written about here in great and loving detail, as is practically every show ever broadcast. A true and marvelous encyclopedia of radio."--Stan Freberg "John Dunning's new work is the deepest and richest mine of information yet plumbed in the field of old time radio. It may well arrive at classic status not only for its magnitude but for its power to entertain through the vigor and acuity of its assessments. It is the only encyclopedia I knowthat can be read for pleasure as well as information."--Norman Corwin "The rich detail in this solid work helps convey the flavor of that earlier time. A worthy addition to most reference collections, this volume is an interesting portrait of a time when radio was more than background music or xenophobic talk shows."--Booklist "There are certain facets of earlier decades which are largely of interest only to specialists, but radio has been so important in the context of popular communication and cultural influence that nothing less than a full-scale encyclopedic accounting was called for. John Dunning suppliesthat."--Steve Allen "Worth owning if you love old radio or are a serious historian of contemporary America."--The Rocky Mountain News "Written with wit and erudition.... This is the kind of book you hold in your lap and page through at leisure or dip into as if yo were casting a line into a placid and nostalgic stream."--The Commercial Appeal|
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Best reference on the subject
The book came out in 1998-99 and is one of the best reference works for this historic period of radio entertainment. Though out of print, copies still sell for a good price because it is the "go to" source for broadcasters, historians, and trivia seekers when it comes to the shows, the personalities, and the sponsors of radio show from the 1920s through the 1960s. The author's talk radio shows focusing on these old time radio were some of the best on the airwaves, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject makes for good reading. I give away copies to young people that don't understand OTR in hopes that they will "return to those thrilling days. . ." I've only ever seen it in hardback, but it is well worth the space on your ever-shrinking bookshelf.
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Great book for gift for d.j.!!! I absolutely love this book!!!!!!!!
I bought this book for the wonderful man in my life Who is a radio D.J.!!!! It is going to be a Christmas present, and he' s going to flip!!! In fact I want one too. This book has everything you could ask for when it comes to information and bringing back so many memories. I have not found a book that even comes close to the complete information as this one does. There is only one thing that's missing, and that is pictures or photos, but I understand if it had pics and photos also, you wouldn't have as much information and you wouldn't be able to pick it up!!!!!! Other than that, I absolutely love this book!!!! Great book for a gift for anyone who loves radio history!!!!
If You Love Old Time Radio You NEED This Book!
I listen to free OTR at archive dot org but I wondered if there were other great radio shows out there that I didn't know anything about. I was born in 1959, so just a bit past when most of the radio shows aired. This book is really comprehensive, though I found that it didn't mention some of my favorite radio shows. However, some of them like Hello Sucker were more local programs. Anyhow, this book is HUGE and it is fantastic! I want to go through it with a notebook and write down all the programs I want to try to listen to. The book has quite extensive reviews of some of the programs. Initially I thought the book was expensive but when I got it I discovered that it is worth every penny! You really need this book if you love OTR!
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It is what the title says.
I am a fan of old time radio and try to recall facts and general info on the topic. This book is truly a Godsend for me. Thanks for doing all of the research necessary for such a compilation.
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