Radio Live! Television Live!: Those Golden Days When Horses Were Coconuts

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This work explores the golden age of live radio and television where writers, performers and producers created their programmes in an environment far different from modern studios. With live programming, anything could happen, and often did.

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In his forty-year career in television and radio, Robert L. Mott has worked on such live shows as Gangbusters, Phillip Morris Playhouse, Mr. Chameleon and Perry Mason. Also the author of Radio Sound Effects (1993, $42.50), he resides in Arroyo Grande, California.

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Libraries with active media collections will want to add this entertaining, anecdotal description of life behind the scenes of commercial radio and television to their shelves. Mott was that rare entity, a World War II vet who used his GI Bill benefits to earn a degree in radio writing. CBS hired him as a sound effects (sfx) specialist in 1951, and he worked on dozens of radio and TV shows over subsequent decades. In some chapters, Mott aims to instruct, describing the steps in a production process, the responsibilities of different staffers, or the functions of a key piece of equipment. Other chapters detail the challenges of producing sfx in venues awash with competing sounds (e.g., street noise, subways, and commuter trains). What most readers will enjoy most about this book, however, are its chatty descriptions of folks with whom Mott worked, as writer or sfx man, over the years: Garry Moore and Durward Kirby, Captain Kangaroo, Red Skelton, Henry Morgan, Dick Van Dyke, and plenty of others. A charming memoir and oral history. Mary Carroll
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