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  • From Edison to Marconiby David J. Steffen

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2005; US$ 39.95

    Like any profound technological breakthrough, the advent of sound recording ushered in a period of explosive and imaginative experimentation, growth and competition. Between the commercial debut of Edison's "talking machine" in 1889 and the first commercial radio broadcast three decades later, the recording industry was uncharted territory... more...

  • Nils Thor Granlundby Larry J. Hoefling

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 39.95

    Nils T. Granlund (1882-1957) created the first movie preview, filmed the first commercial, was the first to broadcast a live sports event, and, as a popular radio personality, introduced the Jazz Age to America via his broadcasts from Harlem's Cotton Club. He is also acknowledged as the creator of the modern nightclub, introducing the high-kicking... more...

  • Listening on the Short Waves, 1945 to Todayby Jerome S. Berg

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 65.00

    The discovery and development of shortwave technology during the 1920s and 1930s permitted radio stations throughout the world to transmit their programs over long distances, even worldwide, for the first time, and the thrill of hearing broadcasts from faraway places produced a dedicated American audience. Developments in shortwave broadcasting and... more...

  • Radio by the Bookby Tim DeForest

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 35.00

    During the first half of the 20th century, radio's hunger for captivating characters and stories could not be sated. Three national networks and dozens of independent stations had to fill a vast expanse of air time with comedy, adventure, mystery, drama and music, night after night. It's no surprise that producers and writers looked to outside... more...

  • Thank Youby BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live; Richard Coles

    Pavilion Books 2014; US$ 8.74

    BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live, the network's flagship Saturday morning programme, has been on the air since 2006 and is hugely popular, with 1.8 million weekly listeners. Since 2013 it has featured a slot called 'Thank You', for which members of the public phone in to thank people for kind acts they have done for them in the past - sometimes decades... more...

  • The Bizarre Careers of John R. Brinkleyby R. Alton Lee

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Tells the story of the infamous "Goat Gland Doctor" -- controversial medical charlatan, groundbreaking radio impresario, and prescient political campaigner -- and recounts his amazing rags to riches to rags career. A popular joke of the 1920s posed the question, "What's the fastest thing on four legs?" The punch line? "A goat passing Dr. Brinkley's... more...

  • This New Noiseby Charlotte Higgins

    Guardian Faber Publishing 2015; US$ 14.57

    Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian 's chief culture writer, steps behind the polished doors of Broadcasting House and investigates the BBC. Based on her hugely popular essay series, this personal journey answers the questions that rage around this vulnerable, maddening and uniquely British institution. Questions such as, what does the BBC mean... more...

  • Call the Midlifeby Chris Evans

    Orion 2015; US$ 9.99

    During his run into turning FIFTY, CHRIS EVANS is on a MISSION. To take stock of WHERE HE IS and WHERE HE'S AT in order to figure out how BEST to get the MOST out of what he BELIEVES are the BEST YEARS yet to come. His typically positive and upbeat journey involves ONE HUNDRED DAYS of contemplation, research, focus, frustration and DECISION MAKING... more...

  • Rudyard Kipling and Sir Henry Rider Haggard on Screen, Stage, Radio and Televisionby Philip Leibfried

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 39.95

    Rudyard Kipling and Sir Henry Rider Haggard--close friends--wrote about adventure and the exotic in very different ways. Examined together, their works illuminate each other. The writings of both have been adapted to the screen, stage, television, and radio numerous times (with varying degrees of fidelity) and this is a complete guide to those adaptations.... more...

  • Bare Bonesby Bobby Bones

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 14.99

    #1 New York Times Bestseller A touching, funny, heart-wrenching, and triumphant memoir from one of the biggest names in radio, the host of The Bobby Bones Show , one of the most listened-to drive time morning radio shows in the nation. Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country... more...