Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $0.90
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Playing in the FM Band: A Personal Account of the Free Radio Hardcover – May 16, 1974


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$233.39 $56.61
Best%20Books%20of%202014
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: The Viking Press (May 16, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067055927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670559275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Smith on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Steve Post provides a memoir of his years at WBAI, a listener-sponsored no-advertising radio station in New York City. Post tells his story with wit and humor, covering his start in radio, his role in the first-ever on-air fundraising drive, and his development as a radio host. In addition he provides an inside view of the development of free-form FM radio through the turbulent Sixties and into the Watergate era.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BobL on August 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Eleanor McKinney's Pacifica anthology "The Exacting Ear: The Story of Listener-Sponsored Radio" includes the views of network founder Lewis Hill on how communication works in such a medium that it would attract paying supporters. "Playing in the FM Band" chronicles how Hill's philosophy was put into action not only by Steve Post but also individuals who inspired him and those influenced by the host of "The Outside" and "Room 101." Post is lyric about the free-form magic of Bob Fass, a good accompaniment to the recent excellent documentary "Radio Unnameable." He also pays tribute to Larry Josephson whose cranky morning show in the late Sixties and early Seventies personalized one's rage about rising early to face a world not to one's liking. With Post it was facing a universe with humor as a weapon, which made listening to him such an adventure. Josephson would later produce Bob and Ray's award winning NPR series. He was once saluted by the satirists as "a man who has known the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, but cannot decide which he likes the best." Post who was working mornings at WNYC-FM at the time gave the closing announcement to the B&R series for "The Radio Foundation." Watching"Radio Unnameable" made me miss hearing Larry and Steve on the air. So does "Playing in the FM Band."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mischa Falkenburg on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The "story" chronicled in this book reminds me of the many hours I enjoyed listening to WBAI. Steve Post (author), and the rest of the folks mentioned within these covers, were the "radio family" I never met, but could always count on.
It was a great surprise when I opened the book to see that Steve had actually autographed it all those years ago.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
I taught a survey class at the City College of New York sometime in the 1980's about the alternative press in America. The one book I simply had to have was "Playing in the FM Band." It was Steve Post (and Jean Shepherd, two radio icons), who had had made radio such an important part of my life from about the age of 13. I still recall his brilliant opening monologues. and that dark time when he decided his listeners had now grown up and should stop calling him Uncle Steve. We made an appointment to meet, and he graciously gave me a copy of this book, which I still own. A bit gnarly and self deprecating as he liked to appear in public, Steve had one question: "So, are you trying to teach your students how not to write?" Well, after reading this page turner that is so much a history of the mid 20th century, the people who made it such a unique time, and the radio that covered it, I think it still holds up well. And it's written "pretty good", as Steve might say.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?