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Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves, Revised Edition Paperback – March 15, 2002


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  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; Revised edition (March 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292725353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292725355
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book adds immeasurably to our appreciation and understanding of the power the aural medium possesses to mirror and shape culture. (Christopher H. Sterling and Michael C. Keith Communication Booknotes Quarterly 2005-07-00)

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This book covers it all with forward by Wolfman Jack.
Albert H. Hardee
If you have been or know someone who is in the radio business, this book will be a fascinating read.
Groundspeed Marketing, Inc.
It's all gone now, but this book will stir some memories.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Tedford on July 18, 2002
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We're all familiar with infomercials promising miracle diets, TV preachers promising salvation, and e-mail spam promising riches. Although their transmission means are modern, the scams themselves aren't new. They were a born out of the radio age, through stations sometimes called "border blasters." These were high-power AM broadcasters set up just over the Mexican border to beam music, medical miracles and merchandise to the U.S. in a way never heard before on domestic radio.
BORDER RADIO is a wonderful history of the border blaster stations. Fowler and Crawford have compiled an exhaustive history of the stations and personalities in a way that captures the flavor of the times. Some of the radio personalities, like the Goat Gland Doctor, were outright frauds, others, like Wolfman Jack, were the purveyors of the exciting, underground culture of rock-and-roll. All hawked their wares on the border stations, making an impression on American broadcasting, popular music, advertising and merchandising that is still felt today.
Superbly detailed, BORDER RADIO covers the evolution of the medium from the early days of the 1930s when hillbilly music and medical quacks ruled the airwaves, to its demise in the 1960s when television and broadcasting treaties silenced the border stations for good. If you love radio and Americana, you won't be able to put this book down. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hobbs on January 20, 2002
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Most books about US radio history are written like a doctoral thesis or ex-dj's gossip gabfests. The non-fiction book tells true tales of tall characters, with enough information sprinkled through to make radio geeks interested. If this were fiction, you'd swear the characters were invented by Kinky Friedman. After reading several books on radio history in recent years, this stands as one of the most informative and entertaining.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on September 30, 2005
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"Border Radio . . ." was featured on the radio program "Fresh Air with Terri Gross" and the interview with the author piqued my curiousity enough to buy the somewhat hard to find book.

While most of us born later than the 1960's have probably never heard border radio, we nonetheless have at least heard of it thanks to ZZTop's classic "Heard It On The X". By Mexican law, all radio station call letters had to begin with the letter "X", hence the title. These stations were situated just across the U.S. - Mexican border and blasted the North American continent with as much as 500,000 or even a million watts! Perhaps the funniest part of the story is the anecdotes by people not far from the tower in southwest Texas near Del Rio, particularly who reported picking up transmissions off barbed wire fences, fillings in teeth and, in the last portion of the book that feautures the late Wolfman Jack, his recalling of birds flying too close to the towers and frying in mid-flight!

It's a wonderful history of preachers, the forerunners of today's televangelists, quack doctors, some genuine musical genius, including a young Bob Wills before founding the Texas Playboys and, of course, the Wolfman himself.

Claims of these AM radio giants being heard world-wide can truly be considered a direct ancestor to the world wide web, complete with its own spam in the form of wild commercials and hawking some truly bizarre health products, prayer cloths and just about everything under the sun.

"Border Radio . . . " is well researched and written with obvious great admiration for a lost chapter in broadcast history. A fine read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Wesley Hardin on July 4, 2006
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Anyone who thinks that instant virility claims and easy money offers got their start with the Internet should read these tales of super salesmen broadcasting from South of the Border at 200,000 watts. Everything from goat gland "male rejuvenation" to religious salvation was available for a price and with little or no FCC interference.

Add in a few "psychics" and some country & western music and you have a formula that the legal stations in the US couldn't (or wouldn't) match. It was outlaw radio.

Go get this book, friends and neighbors, and keep those cards and letters coming in!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert H. Hardee on August 9, 2007
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Take a trip back to radio's beginning. I've wanted this book for a long time and if you are like me and still get a thrill listening to distant am stations at night this book is for you. This book covers it all with forward by Wolfman Jack. Well worth your time. A great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Groundspeed Marketing, Inc. on April 14, 2006
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If you have been or know someone who is in the radio business, this book will be a fascinating read. I couldn't put it down after the first chapter detailed the famous radio quack who surgically placed goat glands into human males for renewed vigor! It goes to show us that the masses will believe anything radio and all the media purports to be true. Preachers-fake doctors, wayward singers and hucksters were the programming content of these stations. The book details the stories of almost all the AM stations that dotted the Mexican-U.S. border with higher power than what stateside stations were allowed to have. This caused great consternation with U.S. broadcasters and the FRC (FCC) at the time. I was lucky enough to experience Wolfman Jack on XERF all the way up in Maryland one late night in the 60's. This book quenched the curiosity I always had about the station(s) and its now famous DJ who details driving over sand dunes to work at the station that he eventually became General Manager of. Read it. You'll laugh for hours.
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