Encyclopedia of Radio, Volume 1
Christopher H. Sterling
Taylor & Francis, Dec 1, 2003 - Reference - 1920 pages
Produced in association with the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Encyclopedia of Radio includes more than 600 entries covering major countries and regions of the world as well as specific programs and people, networks and organizations, regulation and policies, audience research, and radio's technology. This encyclopedic work will be the first broadly conceived reference source on a medium that is now nearly eighty years old, with essays that provide essential information on the subject as well as comment on the significance of the particular person, organization, or topic being examined.
The fully illustrated, Encyclopedia of Radio includes suggestions for further reading as complements to most of the articles, biographical details for all person-entries, production credits for programs, and a comprehensive index.
ALA/RUSA Oustanding Reference Source 2004
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The Museum of Broadcast Communications encyclopedia of radioUser Review - Book Verdict
Sterling (media & public affairs, George Washington Univ.) and more than 250 academic and other media specialists here provide the most authoritative and comprehensive reference to date on radio's history. While it emphasizes U.S. radio broadcasting, its approach is international in scope and planned not to parallel other recently published reference works on the topic (e.g., Luther F. Sies, Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960). About 150 of its 600 lengthy essays are biographies of radio personalities, news correspondents, and those involved in radio's development, while 50 essays cover the history of major U.S. radio stations. The remaining entries cover economic aspects, significant programs, technological and legal developments, and topics such as the use of radio in the political arena. As a result, one finds a "fair and balanced" biography of Rush Limbaugh sandwiched between essays on the 1930s and 1940s horror series Lights Out and the U.S. regulatory concept of localism in radio. Public radio listeners will find useful the many entries on popular programs like Car Talk and All Things Considered and the quality black-and-white photos of personalities such as Garrison Keillor and Susan Stamberg. Recent technological developments in Internet and digital satellite radio are treated on a level easily comprehended by lay readers. This well-indexed resource, a companion to the publisher's Encyclopedia of Television, will draw interest from the typical American who listens to radio three hours per day. Thus, it is not only essential for academic libraries supporting communication curricula but also of interest to public libraries.-Stanley P. Hodge, formerly with Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN ...