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Raised on Radio Paperback – August 23, 2000
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"Nachman takes such delight in chronicling the medium's rise and fall that even readers raised away from radio will understand why a whole generation projected their imaginations onto this vast sonic canvas."--"Publishers Weekly"
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In the late 1920s radio exploded almost overnight into being America's dominant entertainment, just as television would do twenty-five years later. Gerald Nachman, himself a product of the radio years, takes us back to the heyday of radio, bringing to life the great performers and shows, as well as the not-so-great and not-great-at-all. Nachman analyzes the many genres that radio deployed or invented, from the soap opera to the sitcom to the quiz show, zooming in to study closely key performers like Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Fred Allen. Raised on Radio is a generous, instructive, and sinfully readable salute to an extraordinary American phenomenon.
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He covers it all from the 1930s and the beginning of commercial radio with Sarnoff and Paley all the way to what he calls "The Last Hurrah" with NBCs "the Big Show," the last gasp of radio in its struggle with television. He tells a lot of affectionate stories (and a few not so affectionate about certain personalities) about Fibber McGee and Molly, and Amos `n' Andy, Fanny Brice and Fred Allen, Groucho Marx, and on and on and even covers the musical programs and news programs (think Edward R. Murrow) and a lot of radio personalities I barely remember or didn't even know about.
Even though the book is chronological, you can pick up this book, turn to a random chapter and start reading. And I bet you won't put it down.
you get to hear all the voices of yester-year without sitting on the floor in front of the ol' Philco. fabulous reading.
...And a great follow-up to "Seriously Funny"
Radio is gone for ever but opening this book lets us return to an excellent adventure in time travel!
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This book is overlong- 500 plus pages.Read more
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