Raised on Radio

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University of California Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 535 pages
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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 exploited 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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The 30-year meteoric rise and fall of radio's influence on our lives may not appeal to readers who have not actually had the opportunity to listen to old time radio. For those OTR fans, however, this ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION Bedtime Stories
3
RadioFree America
15
Vaudio 26
47
The Anticomedian
55
Nesting Instincts
75
s Treadmill to Posterity
97
Wise Guys Finish First
121
Jokes Inc
141
Well Be Back Right after These Words
257
A Voice of Another Color
275
Radio Noir Cops and Grave Robbers
299
Minds over Matter
323
T Just Folks
357
is The Soap Factory
367
is The Royal Family
391
Meet the Press
400

For Your Listening and Dancing Pleasure
155
The Childrens Hour
183
Saddle Sore
197
Valued Families
213
No WASPs Need Apply
239
Best Seats in the House
433
The Unseen Audience
473
Were a Little Late Folks So Good Night
487
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About the author (2000)

Gerald Nachman has for thirty-eight years covered theater, movies, cabaret, and television for newspapers and magazines across the country. The author of three previous books, he lives in San Francisco.

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