Some 1,500 radio shows, listed in alphabetical order, are described in concise articles linked with an extensive system of cross-referencing. The cross-referencing is crucial, because someone looking for Ozzie and Harriet or Sam Spade will need to know that both programs are listed in the main part of the text under The Adventures of.... The articles vary in length, from the briefest of paragraphs (The Billie Burke Show and Linda's First Love) to several pages (The Lone Ranger and The Mercury Theater of the Air). Each program entry consists of title and broadcast history (including exact starting and ending dates, day and timeslot, network, announcer, sponsor, etc.). This is followed by an essay that often imparts all manner of detail, or, in the case of those short entries, a capsule description of the program.
Although the majority of the articles are about individual programs, there are also a number of survey articles, such as sports broadcasts, concert broadcasts, and news broadcasts. Here, too, the cross-referencing is essential in order to find information about a specific program that might fall under one of those categories and is not listed separately. There is an extensive bibliography, which will be of great help to those wishing to pursue the subject further.
In the electronically connected world of today, it is hard to imagine a time (not so long ago) when there was but one medium of electronic information. The rich detail in this solid work helps convey the flavor of that earlier time. Devotees of classic television shows may be surprised to find out that such programs as Father Knows Best, Our Miss Brooks, Queen for a Day, and Sky-King all started as radio programs. 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. Another recent publication, the Historical Dictionary of American Radio [RBB Ag 98], covers a wider range of topics related to radio but has far less coverage of individual programs.
Great information! Wish there were photos but they are easy to look up online. This is a very large book and fun to look up the old-time actors!Published 16 days ago by boysnbirds
Relived a past time and enjoyed every minute. Full of interesting info and mini bios.Published 17 days ago by John
A HUGE book about radio shows ! Every single radio show is listed and for the major ones there is always a paragraph or two detailing the history of the show ! Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Bishop
This book has about as much information as you would expect ! I really enjoy my copy.Published 2 months ago by Robin A Enos
Really interesting info on radio shows I listened to as a child. Interesting to find out that child voices were played by adults and black characters were played by whites. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David
This book has become my primary resource for research on old-time radio programs and people in preparation for writing articles for Wikipedia. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eddie Blick
A great book and a wonderful resource to get behind the scenes information on classic radio. I highly recommend this book.Published 4 months ago by Buddyboy
This book has brought back memories of my childhood, listening to the Radio Shows, on Saturday afternoons, and week day evenings. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brian D. Workman