The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age

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Dutton, 1997 - Performing Arts - 324 pages
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"Leonard Maltin, one of America's leading authorities on film and an ardent radio buff, takes us along for a fascinating oral history of radio's golden age from its beginnings through its heyday to the bittersweet end of an era. The Great American Broadcast is based on hundreds of personal interviews and is filled with behind-the-scenes stories of some of the most colorful personalities of the era, from actors, directors, and writers to annoucers, producers, sponsors, and soud-effects wizards. It includes more than 100 black-and-white photographs and illustrations - many never before published."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A broad and glossy, but thoroughly entertaining tour of old- time radio. Though radio is becoming an increasingly segmented stopgap to fill the silences television cannot reach, there was a time when ... Read full review

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Maltin, best known for his movie reviews on Entertainment Tonight, turns a critical ear to radio's finest days: from the 1920s through the 1950s. Read full review


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Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin was born in New York City on December 18, 1950. He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and began writing as a teen. Maltin received a degree in journalism from New York University and has published articles in numerous film journals, newspapers, and magazines. He is well-known for his bestselling annual, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, the first edition of which he created at the age of 18. Maltin has written or edited many other film-related books and television specials, and he has hosted, produced and/or written video documentaries. His title Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. He has hosted radio and cable programs, was a film critic for Playboy magazine, and has been the movie reviewer for Entertainment Tonight since 1982. Maltin has also appeared in several animated television series including South Park. He lectures on film and taught for nine years at New York City's New School for Social Research. Maltin currently teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He has been a guest curator for the film department of New York's Museum of Modern Art, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and a member of the National Film Preservation Board and the Advisory Board of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. Maltin has been the recipient of awards and citations from the American Society of Cinematographers, Anthology Film Archives, The Society of Cinephiles, and the Telluride Film Festival.

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