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Icons of Talk: The Media Mouths That Changed America (Greenwood Icons) Hardcover – November 30, 2008

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Icons of Talk highlights the most groundbreaking exemplars of the talk show genre, a genre that has had a profound influence on American life for over 70 years. It goes behind the scenes to showcase the techniques hosts used to motivate (and sometimes aggravate) audiences, and examines the talk show in all of its various formats, including sports-talk, religious-talk, political-talk, and celebrity-talk.

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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Icons
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (November 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313343810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313343810
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,903,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donna L. Halper is a former radio announcer and music director, as well as a broadcasting consultant. An experienced media historian, she is the author of five books and many articles. Currently an Associate Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge MA, Ms. Halper is also known for discovering the rock group Rush.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Hasson on May 22, 2009
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Although the book sometimes reads like a textbook, I was impressed with its objectivity and conciseness. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Howard Stern, Johnny Carson, Dave Letterman, and Jay Leno. The book covers talkers from both radio and television and provides great insight to America's most influential broadcasters.

Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Cate on January 16, 2014
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Love this book, i love seeing Howard being compared or at least taken seriously as an interviewer, he is one if not the best celebrity interviewers out there, if you laugh at what i say you tube his interview with anyone from GAGA to Paul Mcarthey he has them talking so freely about things no one else has the guts to talk about.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Thompson on October 17, 2009
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I want to read this book, and I'll buy it when it's $9.99 on Kindle. Not going to pay more for an ebook.
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