The Big Broadcast 1920-1950

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The Big Broadcast will guide readers in their search for an inside look at a radio that helped to shape the lives and the attitudes of the American people through the Twenties, the Depression, World War II and beyond. It is a compilation of information about the "golden age" of radio programs when Fibber McGee and Molly, The Shadow, and Information, Please were on the weekly listening schedule of American families. The A to Z listings include hundreds of radio programs from The A&P Gypsies to Ziegfeld Follies of the Air. Each entry includes cast lists, writers, theme music, openings and closings and descriptions of the programs and their chronology. There are narrative descriptions of such subjects as "Announcers," "Bid Band Remotes," "Soap Operas," and "Quiz Shows." Includes a comprehensive bibiliography and index.

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Frank Buxton is a professional broadcaster who has been affiliated as a writer, producer, and/or director of such television classics as The Odd Couple, Happy Days, and Mork and Mindy. He was the original host of Discovery and performed in hundreds of television shows and feature films.

Bill Owen was a major voice on ABC radio and TV for thirty years and was the principal voice of Superstation WWOR-TV.

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...excellent introduction...highly recommended for purchase by most general libraries. Libraries that have patrons with an interest in nostalgia radio will find this work a delight to read. (American Reference Books Annual)

...a monumental directory, containing the wondrous parts of radio programs that permeated the air waves for a thirty year period. The contents are so arresting that you might find yourself reaching to turn down the volume on the ancient cathedral syle Philco. (On The Air)

If you collect recollections and want a complete reference book on what and who wafted over the air, then this tome is your tonic...deserve[s] a raised sign that says "Applause". Good work, lads. (Entertainment Today)

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