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The Big Broadcast 1920-1950 Hardcover – January 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0810829572 ISBN-10: 0810829576 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; 2nd edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810829576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810829572
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...excellent introduction...highly recommended for purchase by most general libraries. Libraries that have patrons with an interest in nostalgia radio will find this work a delight to read. (American Reference Books Annual)

...a monumental directory, containing the wondrous parts of radio programs that permeated the air waves for a thirty year period. The contents are so arresting that you might find yourself reaching to turn down the volume on the ancient cathedral syle Philco. (On The Air)

If you collect recollections and want a complete reference book on what and who wafted over the air, then this tome is your tonic...deserve[s] a raised sign that says "Applause". Good work, lads. (Entertainment Today)

About the Author

Frank Buxton is a professional broadcaster who has been affiliated as a writer, producer, and/or director of such television classics as The Odd Couple, Happy Days, and Mork and Mindy. He was the original host of Discovery and performed in hundreds of television shows and feature films.

Bill Owen was a major voice on ABC radio and TV for thirty years and was the principal voice of Superstation WWOR-TV.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
One of the undisputed classic reference works for the old-time radio enthusiast, first published during the original wave of nostalgia over 25 years ago, "The Big Broadcast" lists many network and syndicated radio shows that ran in the timeframe of the 1920's-50s, more commonly referred to as "the golden age of radio". A great source for cast lists (if you can't put a name to a voice) with informative articles on genres and more technical matters (sound effects, "independent" networks, etc.).

This type of thorough reference work is usually frustratingly hard to find for the old-time radio. This book has been out of print for years, and when you found a copy of the first edition, you could expect to pay premium prices, especially if the seller knew what he had.

The introduction, by radio comedian Henry Morgan (not to be confused with the guy who played Colonel Potter on "MASH"), is a beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Screamin' Steve on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There are many rare pictures and valuable data in this book. However, it is not a very complete reference. There is too much emphasis on serial dramas (soap operas). For example, the "Story of Mary Marlin" has as much space devoted to it as "The Jack Benny Show", perhaps the most popular radio comedy of all time. There is no entry for "The Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show" for some unknown reason. A minor complaint is the tiny type in my 1973 Avon trade paperback edition. I must use a magnifying glass to read this book. The book makes a worthwile supplement to standard old radio reference works by John Dunning and others. As commented by another reviewer, the foreward by Henry Morgan is very good. Overall, I rate it only 3 stars, but I am happy to have added it to my library of books about old time radio.
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By Gerard Weimer on May 16, 2014
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I recall seeing this in a library several years ago, but it was in the reference section, so it couldn't be checked out. I then looked around for a copy for myself but all the ones I found were priced way up there, then I decided to check here at Amazon, and there it was, a wonderful used hardback edition at a great price.....SOLD ! and when I received it I was amazed in what great condition it was in. A most welcome book in my collection.
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This compact reference book alphabetically lists many of the major radio programs from the Golden Age of that media. Each entry presents the stars, supporting casts, theme of the show, theme songs, and related trivia. This book should be considered a starting point in one's study of classic radio programs, as many other great radio shows are not listed, or the broadcasting information is incomplete. Also not included are episodic listings for each show. Radio was once a vast field of clever entertainment, and this book only covers a portion of what was offered to the public.
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