Hello, Everybody!: The Dawn of American Radio
Long before the internet, another young technology was transformed--with help from a colorful collection of eccentrics and visionaries--into a mass medium with the power to connect millions of people.
When amateur enthusiasts began sending fuzzy signals from their garages and rooftops, radio broadcasting was born. Sensing the medium's potential, snake-oil salesmen and preachers built powerful, unregulated stations, at once setting early standards for radio programming and making a bedlam of the airwaves. Into the chaos stepped a young secretary of commerce, Herbert Hoover, whose passion for organization guided radio's growth. By the time a charismatic bandleader named Rudy Vallee created the first on-air variety show and America elected its first true radio president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the nation was firmly glued to its radio set.
With clarity, humor, and an eye for outsized characters overlooked by polite history, Anthony Rudel tells the story of the boisterous years when radio took its place in the nation's living room and forever changed American politics, journalism, religion, and entertainment.
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I have a strong interest in early/Old Time radio and was pleased to find this at my local used bookstore. It has a nice wide scope, spotlighting early radio in relation to community, religion, sports ... Read full review
HELLO, EVERYBODY!: The Dawn of American RadioUser Review - Kirkus
Industry pro Rudel (Imagining Don Giovanni, 2001, etc.) chronicles radio's early decades, when mavericks reigned and regulation was but a twinkle in Herbert Hoover's eye.Seen at the dawn of the 20th ... Read full review