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Wizard of the Wind Paperback – August 3, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
From the Back Cover
As a boy Jimmy Gill is mesmerized by his late mother's old console radio. Through the airwaves he discovers a fabulous new world that, in the 1950s, is just entering a "golden age" of rock, with such phenomena as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino. With his young black friend Detroit Simmons, Jimmy traces the sound to a tatty building just beyond his own back door: radio station WROG. Totally by accident Jimmy and Detroit become involved with the station, beginning careers in broadcasting at very young ages. Along the way they encounter the mad, creative, colorful characters who are changing the musical landscape. With technical help from the ever-ethical Detroit as well as financial backing by rather more unsavory fellows, Jimmy progresses from owning a budding FM station to building a media empire of radio and cable television networks. He also falls in love with a beautiful country music star, Cleo Michaels. As his success sours to greed, Jimmy Gill begins to lose touch with the magic of the medium that first grabbed him by the soul. Only when shady dealings that helped to build his career threaten to topple it does he reach back to the forces that have truly shaped his life: the support of loyal friends and the inimitable warm embrace of regional radio.
About the Author
Don Keith had a 22-year career in radio broadcasting in which he was twice named BILLBOARD MAGAZINE “Radio Personality of the Year” and won every major award ifor broadcast journalism n his state from United Press and the AP. He is an award-winning and best-selling author and has published over two-dozen books on subjects including college sports, WWII history, NASCAR racing, broadcasting, submarines, and more. He lives with his wife, Charlene, in Indian Springs Village, Alabama, and is active in literacy efforts and his hobby of choice: amateur radio. His web site is www.donkeith.com
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Maybe it is because my secret dream was to become a broadcast personality. Maybe it is because I am an Amateur Radio operator and I love all the technology. And maybe, just maybe, it is because Don Keith has been there and done that in this dog-eat-dog industry.
Surely, it is the fact that I love Don Keith's writing style, his uncanny ability to create realistic characters that I cared about and believable settings that came to life in my mind's eye. Surely, it is the fact that I am an avocational musicologist and Don injects such great musical cues into this story. And surely, it is the fact that Don Keith writes from his heart, that place of his that goes deep into the story-behind-the-story where truth resides.
It is rare indeed that one gets to feel the rush of a story arc so perfect that, at the end of the book, I wanted to call him on the telephone and pour out my gratitude for transforming me, the reader.
Thank you, Don, for writing such a wonderful novel. I can't wait to read your other books. Wizard of the Wind would make a great movie some day!
This book covers all of that and more. I have read a number of books by this author, all of which have been great.