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The War of the Worlds: The Most Famous Radio Broadcast of All Time!
H. G. Wells
1570195501
January 2003
Compact Disc
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Book Description
Original uncut Radio Broadcast! on the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars! Martians invaded New Jersey! The famous panic broadcast that shook the world starring Orson Welles. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


Border Radio
Gene Fowler
0292725353
Mar 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Review
Christopher H. Sterling and Michael C. Keith Communication Booknotes Quarterly : This book adds immeasurably to our appreciation and understanding of the power the aural medium possesses to mirror and shape culture.

Book Description
From reviews of the first edition: "The magic of [a] wildly colorful chapter in broadcast history lives on in this entertainingly informative look at the forces and the people who contributed to the rise of the medium." --Chicago Tribune "Characters like Wolfman Jack, Reverend Ike, Norman Baker, "Dr." J. R. Brinkley, Pappy O'Daniel and others were master showmen and tremendously successful salesmen. Secret-formula medicines, magic prayer cloths, Crazy Water Crystals, and goat-gland rejuvenations are just part of this often hilarious telling of this...


Voices of Our Time
Studs Terkel
156511969X
July 2005
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Today, in the age of Charlie Rose and other TV interviewers, impromptu conversations with authors, actors and musicians are a common part of the cultural landscape. But back in the 1950s, when Chicago radio journalist Terkel was interviewing the likes of Pete Seeger, Dorothy Parker and James Baldwin, the practice was radically original. Excerpts from 48 interviews, first broadcast on Terkel's daily show on WFMT, are presented here, with one cassette devoted to each decade from the '50s to the '90s. Thanks to engineering wizardry, the fidelity of this archival material is so fine that there is a shock of immediacy in hearing these voices speak across time. That's also due to Terkel's freshness of attitude throughout, which translates beautifully into the contemporary moment. His style of questioning is disarmingly...


Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
Terry Ryan
0743273931
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Married to a man with violent tendencies and a severe drinking problem, Evelyn Ryan managed to keep her 10 children fed and housed during the 1950s and '60s by entering--and winning--contests for rhymed jingles and advertising slogans of 25-words-or-less. This engaging and quick-witted biography written by daughter Terry (the writing half of T.O. Sylvester, a long running cartoon in the San Francisco Chronicle) relates how Evelyn submitted multiple entries, under various names, for contests sponsored by Dial soap, Lipton soup, Paper Mate pens, Kleenex Tissues and any number of other manufacturers, and won a wild assortment of prizes, including toasters, bikes, basketballs, and all-you-can-grab supermarket shopping sprees. Sometimes she even hit the jackpot, as when a Beech Nut jingle contest netted a Triumph TR3...


The A-Z of Record Labels
Brain Southall
1860744923
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Since the earliest days of the music business more than a century ago, record labels have come and gone, been taken over or merged. Some have been owned by retailers, DJs, agents, and managers, others by individual artists or groups or vast media and electronics conglomerates. For many fans, a symphony or song on the "right" label is almost as important as the artist recording it. From classical to soul, jazz to rock, folk to rap, every record label has a story to tell. Those stories are collected here — along with details about the labels' founders, artists, and corporate backers — providing a fascinating insight into one of the most important aspects of the history of popular music. Covering every major record label from A&M Records to Motown to ZTT, this historical guide is illustrated in full color. ...


The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
Terry Ryan
1416510818
August 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Married to a man with violent tendencies and a severe drinking problem, Evelyn Ryan managed to keep her 10 children fed and housed during the 1950s and '60s by entering--and winning--contests for rhymed jingles and advertising slogans of 25-words-or-less. This engaging and quick-witted biography written by daughter Terry (the writing half of T.O. Sylvester, a long running cartoon in the San Francisco Chronicle) relates how Evelyn submitted multiple entries, under various names, for contests sponsored by Dial soap, Lipton soup, Paper Mate pens, Kleenex Tissues and any number of other manufacturers, and won a wild assortment of prizes, including toasters, bikes, basketballs, and all-you-can-grab supermarket shopping sprees. Sometimes she even hit the jackpot, as when a Beech Nut jingle contest netted a Triumph TR3...


Playboy: 50 Years: The Photographs
Jim Peterson
0811839788
September 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
You mean people don't read Playboy for the Nabokov stories and hard-hitting reportage? Sturdily produced, this is a candy-colored, unpretentious gaze over a half-century of nudity, fun, sex and the most absurd fashions this side of Cukor's The Women. Playboy was genuinely shocking in its youth, but these 250 color pictures, compared to what's out there now, emphasize control and stardom. Here's the first centerfold, Marilyn Monroe, as the "Golden Dream." Here are Ursula Andress, bent in half like a cupid's bow; Pamela Anderson and Dorothy Stratten; the sensational Russ Meyer "actress" Edy Williams floating across the sinuous blue of the perfect swimming pool. Herb Ritts's photographs of the models Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson are suitably iconic, as are David Bailey's tawny Catherine...


Dewey and Elvis
Louis Cantor
025202981X
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Two years before Alan Freed "discovered" rock 'n' roll, deejay Dewey Phillips was introducing white audiences to largely unfamiliar "race" music by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and B. B. King and becoming Memphis's most popular white disc jockey as a result. Dewey was also the first major deejay to play Elvis on the air, sparking one of the greatest music careers of the 20th century. Cantor's study of the influential disc jockey begins roughly when Dewey launched his "Red, Hot and Blue" show on WHBQ in 1949, and the book is as much a biography of Memphis as it is of Dewey Phillips. Sam Phillips (no relation), founder of Sun Studio, is a central figure and Beale Street, Memphis, comes to life as a meeting point of black and white communities and the site of Home of the Blues Records. Cantor, who knew Elvis in high...


The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide
Judy Carter
0743201256
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Do you think you're funny?Do you want to turn your sense of humor into a career?If the answer is yes, then Judy Carter's The Comedy Bible is for you. The guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being -- and writing -- funny for money.If you've got a sense of humor, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it's creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work.Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up...


Voice of America
Alan L. Heil, JR.
0231126743
June 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Heil, a former correspondent and deputy director of the Voice of America, offers an inside look at the publicly funded overseas broadcasting network that is little known in the U.S. In operation for more than 60 years, heard around the world in more than 50 languages, the VOA is at the intersection of journalism and diplomacy. Heil recalls the history of VOA and its growth from a propaganda organ of the U.S. State Department to a respected news organization. Interspersed with actual transcripts of VOA broadcasts, the book offers insights into the tensions among the U.S. government, foreign nations, the independent press, and VOA in coverage of World War II, the cold war, Vietnam, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. Heil also details the challenges faced by VOA in staffing, transmission, language barriers, and...


It's One O'Clock and Here Is Mary Margaret McBride
Susan Ware
0814794017
Feb 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
In the 1940s and 1950s, McBride was a prominent voice on radio, interviewing major public figures, but was mocked for her close emotional ties with her eight million listeners, all at a time when women's career prospects were very limited. Drawing on archives that include McBride's radio interviews, as well as letters from former listeners, Ware begins with a description of McBride's radio show when it was at its height. Ware then backs up to tell how a woman from a small town in Missouri came to such an exalted career in radio that her tenth anniversary was celebrated in Madison Square Garden, where she was greeted by Eleanor Roosevelt, a favorite guest and longtime friend. The event was dedicated to recruiting women volunteers for the armed forces. At McBride's fifteenth anniversary celebration, she raised eyebrows when...


Wendy's Got the Heat
Wendy Williams
0743470222
August 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Drug addiction, divorce, miscarriages, infidelity-such is the stuff of gripping biography-but the story of Williams' rise to radio fame is less than the sum of its parts, at least as it's told here. Williams, a deejay on New York R&B and hip-hop station WBLS, is something of a rarity in the industry: a top-rated African-American woman. She relates that she always felt like an outsider: "I was the black girl in a practically all-white school. And among the handful of blacks, I was the 'white girl,' the outcast." But she was sure great things were ahead. "I knew that one day my being different would pay off," she writes. While Williams goes on to explain that her success came through hard work and dedication, she doesn't show the nitty-gritty of her job-how a studio operates, how she came up with her style, what...


Guitar: An American Life
Tim Brookes
0802117961
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When Brookes finds that his beloved guitar has been hopelessly damaged by airport baggage handlers, he sets off on a journey to find the perfect handmade instrument to replace it. Inspired by the vast array of choices, as well as by luthier Rick Davis ("a luthier is a guitar maker who charges $1,000 per guitar"), Brookes becomes enthralled with the relationship between the instrument and the people involved with it, and how that link has developed and changed over time. The author, a regular commentator on NPR's Sunday Weekend Edition, contrasts the story of a guitar being built from a few simple (yet carefully chosen) pieces of cherry wood with alternating chapters on the history of the instrument. In doing so, he reminds us that all instruments—even the iconic American guitar—are ever-changing....


I Hid It under the Sheets: Growing up with Radio
Gerald Eskenazi
082621620X
November 2005
Hardcover
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The Wendy Williams Experience
Wendy Williams
0451216474
Aug 2005
Paperback
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From AudioFile
This urban maven of the celebrity radio interview socks it to you with revealing and often trivial content. Dropping names and gossip, Williams spills the details of her rise to radio fame and notoriety with breathless energy and good humor. Whether it's the latest dirt on Whitney and Bobby, J-Lo and P. Diddy, or any number of other new clichés, Williams has the inside track. It's hard not to enjoy her straining efforts at journalistic and personal honesty as she tries to let us know who the real Wendy is, like it or not. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

New York Post
Wendy Williams is a walking exclamation mark. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Listening in
Susan J. Douglas
0816644233
Feb 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Tracing radio's development from the early days of wireless to the shock jocks and NPR commentators of the '90s, Douglas (Where the Girls Are) delivers a carefully researched and well-documented look at the medium and the people who listened. Although Douglas's prose can be sluggish, occasionally mired in statistics, her subject matter is always engaging. She finds that each new technological innovation in radio was pioneered by amateurs, resisted by the mainstream media, made popular by a daring few and finally watered down and exploited by commercial interests. Douglas's main interest is not in the innovations themselves, however, but in how they affected the Americans who were listening to shows from Victor Lopez's jazz band broadcasts in the '20s to Eddie Cantor's Chase and Sanborn Hour in the '30s; Alan...


All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists
Terry Gross
0786888202
September 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Conducting a good interview requires exhaustive research, good timing, the ability to steer the interview back on course when it meanders, a knack for close listening and thinking about the next question, flexibility and editing skills. Gross, the polite and generous host of NPR's Fresh Air, is a pro, and here she collects some of her favorite interviews with people in the arts. The result is a wide-ranging and entertaining look into the creative process. With a few exceptions, the interviews are from the show's national broadcast debut year in 1987, but they never seem dated, as many of the guests are still active or well known, and the topics are timeless. Whether she's asking Johnny Cash about the difference between a singer and a song stylist, discussing the role of class in British actor Michael Caine's life...


Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations
Al Franken
0440508649
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Rush Limbaugh claims his talent is on loan. With this book, Franken demonstrates that he owns. The frankly Democratic author's shtick reminds us how much of a free ride conservatives have gotten in the mainstream media. For instance, he really drives home the weirdness of the conservatives' preachiness about "family values" in light of Newt Gingrich's and Bob Dole's first marriages, and Rush Limbaugh's first, second and third marriages. And he has great fun with Rush's and Newt's miraculous draft deferments in a chapter where he imagines all of the great conservative "chicken-hawks" out on a Vietnam war patrol under the leadership of Ollie North. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Comedy writer Franken skewers conservatives in a book...


The Adventures of Amos 'N' Andy
Melvin Patrick Ely
0029095034
Nov 1992
Paperback
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From Kirkus Reviews
To Ely (African-American Studies & Southern History/Yale), Amos 'n' Andy, the first radio comedy series to portray an all- black world, provides a ``small but clear window which, like all windows, reveals more and more as one draws closer to it.'' Here, Ely looks closely at the changing responses of both blacks and whites to Amos 'n' Andy and examines what they reveal about the evolution of racial attitudes during the decades from the 1920's, when the series first aired, to the 50's, when it was transplanted to network TV. Born too late to experience the phenomenon except through TV reruns in the 1950's and 60's, Ely nevertheless writes knowingly of Amos 'n' Andy, having pored over hundreds of old scripts, newspaper clippings and fan letters. He looks at its roots in the minstrel shows in which its white writers...

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