Listening to Radio, 1920-1950 (Hardcover)

Author: Ray Barfield

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This fresh and engaging account of early radio's contributions to U.S. social and cultural life brings together varied perspectives of listeners who recall the programs that delighted and enchanted them. Radio, the first electronic medium to enter the home, is examined as a chief purveyor of family entertainment and as a bridge across regional differences. Barfield draws from over 150 accounts, providing a forum and a context for listeners of early radio to share their memories - from their first impressions of "that magical box" to favorite shows. Opening chapters trace the changing perceptions of radio as a "guest" or an "invader" in U.S. homes during the exuberant 1920s, the cash-scarce 1930s, and the rapidly changing World War II and post-war years. Later chapters offer listener responses to every major program type, including news reporting and commentary, sportscasts, drama, comedy series, crime and terror shows, educational and cultural programs, children's adventure series, soap operas, audience participation shows, and musical presentations.

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Publisher Praeger
Mfg Part# 9780275954925
SKU 33774435
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0275954927
Release Date 9/1/2009
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.5L x 1T
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Editors Note An account of early radio's contributions to US social and cultural life that draws on varied perspectives of listeners recalling their favorite programs. Barfield (English, Clemson U.) examines radio as the first electronic medium to invade the home, a chief purveyor of family entertainment, and a bridge across regional differences; but not as a vector for spreading advertising and consumerism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0248
Publisher Praeger

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