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The Great Radio Heroes Paperback – February 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0786408504 ISBN-10: 0786408502 Edition: Rev Exp
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Radio producer Harmon here expands his 1967 original to include numerous photos of actors who starred in the radio shows of yesteryear and to update their profiles (what they are doing now, who died, etc.). Chapters cover the stars of cop shows, Westerns, comedies, adventures, and dramas. A good one-stop resource for information on the days when radio was the leading form of home entertainment.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"A magnificent job in covering early radio" -- -Buffalo Courier Express

"Beautiful-just beautiful-the way he calls the sounds of the voices back from the past" -- -Arizona Republic

"Harmon actually has a hot-seller... 'Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear" -- -Newsday

"I can recommend a most pleasurable evening or two...reading [this book]" -- -Minneapolis Star

"This publication will present you with many fond memories as well as new information" -- -North American Radio Archives
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub; Rev Exp edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786408502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786408504
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "dltnkt" on June 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are a fan of oldtime radio you need this book in your collection. It is an update on Harmon's 1967 book of the same title and is indeed a far superior volume as I have both. From The Shadow to The Lone Ranger most of our old favorites are in there along with photos and inside details that will fascinate you. The price is a bit steep but well worth it. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Kallis, Jr. on February 20, 2010
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From the beginnings pf commercial broadcast radio through the 1940s, radio was the dominant entertainment medium in the United States. For those who lived through those years, Mr. Harmon's chapters evoke memories of a simpler time. Few of the chapters were devoted to a single character; mostly, they discuss certain types of character -- aviators, reporters, and heroes of the Old West. Mr Harmon was a fan of the old shows, and many of his chapters were built from fond memories, though he did have a good collection of audio files of the old shows.
To the older reader or the serious collector of Old-Time Radio shows, Mr. Harmon's coverage is entertaining, since he covers classic shows like The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Captsin Midnight, and Jack Armstrong. To readers unfamiliar with the programs, the writings are imformative, giving a perspective on some of the shows, and may perhaps entice some younger reasders to try to find recordings of the old shows to hear what they were like. In the book, Mr. Harmon touches upon Radio Premiums -- novelties a listener could send for, using s proof-of-purchase of a sponsor's product, but the coverage was not that detailed; more depth was reserved for two of Mr. Harmon's books on the subjrct.
The era of Old-Time Radio has passed, but this provides something of an insider's view.
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I bought Jim Harmon's original volume of "The Great Radio Heroes" in 1968 when I was a young air personality at a radio station who had grown-up in those "thrilling days of yesteryear" listening to "Captain Midnight", "Tom Mix", and, "Sky King"...and the rest of those great radio heroes.

That book was my "bible" for research, information, etc., and with this revised version the late-Jim Harmon brought it back to life all over again.

Photos, updated info, later revisions of earller material, all make for not only a "good read" but a true time-travel trip to an earlier, more innocent, period of radio broadcasting...and Golden Age Radio History.

If you DON'T have the 1967 Edition, and you love G.A.R.H., buy this book...you won't be disappointed. If you DO have the 1967 Edition, buy this book...you need it to complete the set, and learn much more valuable information !
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Jim Harmon writes like a radio serial guy. i wonder why? His books are interesting and full of humor and back stories. If you are into OTR, buy it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott W Andrews on May 25, 2014
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The edition that I thought I was ordering was a slightly used edition of the revised edition. Instead it was a small paperback from 1967, small print, and not what I needed at all, since I have a perfectly good hardback copy of the original. Buyers, be very, very careful what you order if you go the used book route. This is the third time in a row I've been strongly disappointed by used book dealers on Amazon. Will probably not make the same mistake again.
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