Raised on Radio

By Gerald Nachman
(Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9780375402876, 535pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 1998

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In this fascinating and delightful book, Gerald Nachman traces the dramatic history of radio, which, in the late 1920s, exploded almost overnight into being America's dominant entertainment medium. Nachman anatomizes the many genres that radio deployed or invented -- from the soap opera to the quiz show, the sports broadcast to the sitcom -- and brings back to life all the great performers and programs, as well as the not-so-great and the not-great-at-all.

A product of the radio years himself -- as a boy he did his homework to the sound of the Lone Ranger and Jack Benny -- Nachman combines his own memories with those of scores of performers, writers, directors, sound-effects men, announcers, musicians, and other radio survivors. The result is a wonderfully readable and informative book that celebrates an extraordinary American cultural phenomenon.

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