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Radio Hitler follows the life of Deutschlandsender, the Nazi equivalent of BBC Radio 4, and its sister stations that transmitted to Germany and the world at large. Using first-hand interviews, archives, diaries, letters and memoirs, this book examines what Nazi radio was and what it stood for. Detailed here is the vast 'fake news' effort, which bombarded audiences in the Middle East, Africa, the United States and Great Britain. A light is also shone on the home service stations that, with their monumental announcements including Stalingrad, the assassination attempt on Hitler and the invasion of France, provided the soundtrack to everyday life in Nazi Germany. Details of entertainment shows and programmes designed to lift morale on the Home Front are abundant and offer a fresh insight into the psyche of the nation. The book also looks at Nazi attempts to develop television throughout Germany and in occupied France. A rich cast of characters is featured throughout, including Ernst Himmler, brother of Heinrich, who worked as technical chief at Deutschlandsender, and Lord Haw-Haw, the infamous British mouthpiece of the Nazi propaganda machine. Nathan Morley had unlimited access to former Reich radio studios and transmitter sites in Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna, as well as to a vast archive of recordings and transcripts. The result is a fascinating and revealing portrait of propaganda, communication and media in Nazi Germany.
When radio broadcasting began in the early 1920s, the radio was a magic box aglow with the future, drawing humanity into a new age. Some thought it would dissolve the distance between time and place, others that human minds would become transparent, one tuned to another. Performers claiming psychic powers turned radio broadcasting into a fabulous money machine. These mentalists, born from vaudeville, circuses, sideshows, and the Spiritualist and New Thought movements of the mid-late 19th century, used the language of wireless technology to explain their ability to see the past, present, and future. Casting their mystical knowledge as a scientifically honed craft, these mentalists persuaded millions to pay for dubious advice until governmental and public pressures forced them off the air. This book is a history of over 25 performers who practiced their art behind studio microphones during the early years of radio broadcasting, from about 1920 to 1940. Here, laid out for the first time, is the tale of how they made cash rain from the heavens and harnessed the sensation of the radio in search of wealth, health, love, and success.
When Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve bid farewell to Fibber McGee and Molly and left Wistful Vista on a train in 1941, no one could have predicted that he would be riding the airwaves until 1957. But when one listens to episodes of radio's first spinoff, it becomes clear the The Great Gildersleeve succeeded because its likable and amusing characters were appealingly fallible, much like the folks each of us knew in our hometowns. This book is a guide to more than 500 episodes of The Great Gildersleeve that are in circulation and also to the scripts of 46 episodes for which no recordings exist. Background on the development of the program is included, and the appendices include a list of episodes as well as provide information about cast members, notable occurrences on the program, ratings, and the films and TV series.
This reference work contains exhaustive histories of 31 of network radio's most durable soap operas on the air between 1930 and 1960. The soap operas covered are Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories , Backstage Wife , Big Sister , The Brighter Day , David Harum , Front Page Farrell , The Guiding Light , Hilltop House , Just Plain Bill , Life Can Be Beautiful , The Light of the World , Lora Lawton , Lorenzo Jones , Ma Perkins , One Man's Family , Our Gal Sunday , Pepper Young's Family , Perry Mason , Portia Faces Life , The Right to Happiness , Road of Life , The Romance of Helen Trent , Rosemary , The Second Mrs. Burton , Stella Dallas , This Is Nora Drake , Today's Children , Wendy Warren and the News , When a Girl Marries , Young Doctor Malone , and Young Widder Brown .Included for each series are the drama's theme and story line, an in-depth focus on the major characters, and a listing of producers, directors, writers, announcers, casts, sponsors, ratings, and broadcast dates, times and networks. Profiles of 158 actors, actresses, creators and others who figured prominently in a serial's success are also provided.
For the first time, the full story behind the Hitch-Hiker's Guide is told in all its bizarre detail: the Finnish radio series, the German one-man stage show, the modern jazz suite, the two-headed teddy bears... Every variant of the story, every spin-off and cash-in, is documented in context, including the feature film, which has been stuck in development hell for more than 20 years. Based on 20 years of research and extensive interviews with the cast and crew of Hitchhiker's Guide, this book also includes details of Adams's other projects.
Top 40 was the pre-eminent American radio format of the 1950s and 1960s. Although several radio station group owners offered their own versions of the format, the AM stations owned by Todd Storz and his father were acknowledged as the principle developers of Top 40 radio, and the prime movers in making it a nationwide ratings and revenue success. The Storz Stations in Omaha, New Orleans, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Miami are profiled in this book. A daunting written exam that had to be passed by Storz air personalities offers rare insight into the actual complexity of what detractors portrayed as a simplistic format. There is a detailed chapter on the unique Storz Station sound. Another covers Storz advertising in radio trade magazines,which cemented the company's image as the format's most successful station group and Top 40 as the dominant programming of the day. There are extensive quotations from the memoirs of several of the founders of the format; four of this volume's five principal writers were managers or programme directors at Storz stations during their heyday.
This is a volume of history validating the contributions of radio toward keeping America informed. Like everything else, radio has gone through many changes since the 1920s. Periods very distinct from each other embrace its roots, its golden age, and the well-defined eras dominated by the disc jockey, talk, and news formats. The U.S. was dependent on radio as a source of cheap entertainment during the Great Depression and the critical information gained from it during the Second World War had no parallel. Radio's diminished effects in the wake of television in the 1950s are surveyed; the aural medium shifted from being at the core of many families' activities to more specialised applications, reaching narrowly defined listener bases. Many people turned elsewhere for the news. (And now even TV is challenged by yet newer media.) The introduction of technological marvels throughout the past hundred years has significantly altered what Americans hear and how, when, and where they hear it.
This volume profiles approximately 300 African American (and a few white) performers, organizations and series broadcast during radio's Golden Age, an era covering the years 1921 through 1955. Many of these personalities and programs are chronicled in more depth than in any previous publication, while several are covered here for the first time. The entries reveal the rich diversity in programming created by black talent and intended for black audiences during a time which has generally been portrayed as being nearly devoid of a black presence. Two appendices provide a week-by-week account of the pioneering African-American radio series The Negro Achievement Hour and The Negro Art Group Hour, both of which debuted in 1928. A third appendix places the profiled individuals and series in an easy-to-read chronological format.
Before stories of King Arthur and Robin Hood were adapted and readapted for film, television and theater, radio scriptwriters looking for material turned to Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur (1485) and Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1883). From the 1930s throughout the mid-1950s, their legends inspired storylines for Abbott and Costello, Popeye, Let's Pretend, Escape, Gunsmoke, The Adventures of Supermanand others. Many of these adaptations reflect the moral and ethical questions of the day, as characters' faced issues of gender relations, divorce, citizenship, fascism, crime and communism in a medieval setting.
In July 1923, less than three years after Westinghouse station KDKA signed on, company engineer Frank Conrad began regular simulcasting of its programmes on a frequency in the newly-discovered shortwave range. It was an important event in a technological revolution that would make dependable worldwide radio communication possible for the first time. In subsequent years, countless stations in practically all countries followed suit, taking to shortwave to extend reception domestically or reach audiences thousands of miles away. Shortwave broadcasting would also have an important role in World War II and in the Cold War. In this, his fourth book on shortwave broadcast history, the author revisits the period of his earlier work, On the Short Waves, 1923-1945, and focuses on the stations that were on the air in those early days. The year-by-year account chronicles the birth and operation of the large international broadcasters, as well as the numerous smaller stations that were a great attraction to the DXers, or long-distance radio enthusiasts, of the time. With more than 100 illustrations and extensive notes, bibliography and index, the book is also a valuable starting point for further study and research.
Network radio from 1932 to 1953 was commercial broadcasting at its highest level: a high-stakes competition embracing technology, industry, government and advertising, ruled by dollars and dictated by ratings. This comprehensive almanac provides a fascinating account of broadcasting's most colorful era, when four nationwide networks dominated American media as no concerted communications force ever had. Early chapters chronicle the development of the broadcasting, advertising and entertainment industries, with an explanation of the ratings system and its evolution. Each subsequent chapter focuses on a specific year of radio's golden age, with industry statistics, daily program ratings and a chart of the year's 50 top programs. A summary lists the era's most successful programs within the five major formats.
Through the examination of archival records, extant publications, and private memorabilia as well as interviews with radio broadcasters, this title constructs the history of early radio in the Philippines.