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    1. The Museum of Broadcast Communications
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    2. The Complete Star Wars Trilogy:
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    3. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles
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    4. Modern Recording Techniques
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    5. All I Did Was Ask : Conversations
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    1. The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio
    by Christopher H. Sterling, Michael C. Keith
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    Asin: 1579582494
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
    Sales Rank: 632738
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    Book Description

    Produced in association with the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, the Encyclopedia of Radio includes more than 600 entries covering major countries and regions of the world as well as specific programs and people, networks and organizations, regulation and policies, audience research, and radio's technology. This encyclopedic work will be the first broadly conceived reference source on a medium that is now nearly eighty years old, with essays that provide essential information on the subject as well as comment on the significance of the particular person, organization, or topic being examined.

    The fully illustrated Encyclopedia of Radio includes suggestions for further reading as complements to most of the articles, biographical details for all person-entries, production credits for programs, and a comprehensive index.

    Entries include: * Amos 'n' Andy * Audience Research Methods * BBC * Benny, Jack * Black Radio Networks * Car Talk * CBC * Children's Programs ** Crosby, Bing * Digital Audio Broadcasting * Election Coverage * Frequency Allocation * Fresh Air * Hertz, Heinrich * Hoaxes on Radio * Jamming * Keillor, Garrison * Lone Ranger * Native American Radio * Pacifica Stations * Public Radio * Radio Free Asia * Receivers * Shock Jocks * Sports on Radio * Stern, Howard * Syndication * Talk Radio * Telecommunications Act of 1996 * The Goon Show * Tokyo Rose * Underground Radio * WNYC * Wolfman Jack * And many more. ... Read more


    2. The Complete Star Wars Trilogy: Original Radio Dramas
    by George Lucas
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    Asin: 1565111656
    Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
    Publisher: Highbridge Audio
    Sales Rank: 59024
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great set! If you are a collector, this is worth it!
    This CD set is great. You think you know Star Wars because you've seen the movie? Wait till you hear it! I'm so glad I decided to go for the Collector's Edition. There were only 7500 of these made, so it is quite expensive, but I think it is worth it.

    Important about the COLLECTOR'S EDITION: it contains the following special tracks: comments from four of the principals, the speederbike scene without sound or music added, then with all the effects, for comparision, two public radio membership spots by Tony Daniels (C3PO), and the touching "Message for Brian." For me, "Message for Brian" was worth the extra all by itself. (Brian Daley, the writer, was ill with pancreatic cancer when this was recorded, and the cast recorded this "get-well card" for him, only to find that he died within 24 hours of the completion of the recording sessions.)

    Unfortunately, Brian never got to hear this message. But the radio dramas he created, which are now dedicated to him, are a great monument to his efforts. I would recommend this set to anyone who is a real fan of the Star Wars universe.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ever Wonder About the Little Things in Star Wars?
    In this classic radio drama it fills in all of the Star Wars gaps left in the plot like the stort of Biggs Darklighter and Lukes other friends before the arrival of R2-D2 and C-3PO. The voices that aren't the original cast are done so well that after a the first few episodes you forget that they weren't cast originally I give it two thumbs up. The music and sound effects can't be beat.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Superb
    I'm very satisfied with this set. Great voice-acting, superb production values. Captures the atmosphere of the original trilogy. But I was somewhat dissappointed with the packaging.
    Nice, but somewhat plain compared to the extravagant treatment the LOTR:BBC Radio Drama got. Just a minor quibble.

    I recommend getting the regular version. I bought the collector's edition, and while I'm very pleased with it, the difference between the two is very minimal.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent production fills in the gaps
    I listened to these on NPR Playhouse when I was young, and tried to record all of the episodes onto cassette tape. I finally got to throw the old recordings away when I got this excellent box set. As a long time fan, I could not be happier with this collection.

    The Star Wars trilogy translates well to the radio play format. It helps that a few of the original cast members reprised their roles. Anthony Daniels is the mainstay, and voices 3-CPO through all three productions. The other cast members are all talented radio actors, and suited to their parts. The actors keep their roles for all three productions, so there is nice continuity of character.

    The stories are considerable longer than the films, and fill in the gaps of the storyline. Star Wars contains all of the famous deleted footage between Luke and Biggs, as well as a window into Luke's life on Tatooine. (As a side note, some of this was included in the Star Wars special edition re-release, as well as The Phantom Menace. Look for the pod racers to "thread the stone needle" as described in the radio play.) The other two series are not as expansive, but still deliver more story than the film. The excitement and gradure of the series is well translated to audio.

    This collector's set includes many extras not available in the standard releases. These include commercials, making-of features, and the touching get well card to Brian. The box is very nice, and the entire set has very high production values. It is worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE IN ENTERTAINMENT.
    I remember receiving bad recordings of all 13 episodes of Star Wars and only 6 of the 10 episodes of Empire from my English teacher many years ago. Despite these disadvantages, however,I listened to these episodes religeously, whether it was after school or on the weekend. Why? Mostly because of their atmosphere and if you're a Star Wars fan you would know that the Star Wars movies alone are drenched in atmosphere. The Radio Dramas however go one step further and extend the already classic story.To understand What I mean...GET IT!!...NOW. ... Read more


    3. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre)
    by C. S. Lewis, Douglas Gresham
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    Asin: 1589971493
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing
    Sales Rank: 7347
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I had in mind, but good nonetheless
    My husband and I have been enjoying this item (the unabridged version) however I had been hoping to find a storytelling version with more true-to-the-book narration so that when the kids are older they can read-along. Sometimes the actors' take on the dialogue does not convey the purpose or feeling that Lewis indicated in the text, and a few times, little insights and delightful asides are lost on the listener. I found a new version, unabridged, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, will be release by HarperCollins on October, so we'll be getting that one in addition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent production
    Radio Theatre has set a standard for itself and meets it in spades with The Chronicles of Narnia. The cast is solid and gives a wonderful dramatization. The Horse and His Boy is our favorite, and it is best to listen to at night while you are traveling in the car, because the characters travel at night alot during the story -- of course, they are not in a car, they are on horseback.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent choice
    Finally, something that the children AND adults like to hear in the van! After hearing a The Magicians nephew a few times, I had a choice of listening to the tape, or the children taking parts and reciting it themselves when we got in the van. Something that pleases my toddler, my teen and myself! This is high quality telling of a wonderful story that reflects the gospel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A delightful way to visit (or revisit) the land of Narnia!!
    I loved the Narnia series as a child and bought this for my children (ages 5 and 9) as an introduction, hoping they would eventually want to read the books, and wanting to keep them occupied on a long car trip. We were hooked from the beginning! We ended up carrying the CD's from the car to the house and back again - unable to "put them down." The actors did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and the narration filled in the gaps perfectly. I was worried when I purchased this set that time considerations would force the producers to leave bits of the book out - not so! I would recommend this audio series for anyone - whether they be a Chronicles of Naria fan or not - though some of it may be a little scary for very young children. A radio production is so much more enjoyable to listen to than a book being read. ... Read more


    4. Modern Recording Techniques
    by David Miles Huber, Robert E. Runstein
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    Asin: 0240804562
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: Focal Press
    Sales Rank: 41099
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    As the most up-to-date, authoritative recording guide available, Modern Recording Techniques addresses the rapidly growing market of project studio recording, the large base of home music production using multitrack, hard-disk, and MIDI technologies.It provides anyone wishing to learn professional recording with everything they need to fully understand the tools and day-to-day practices of music recording and production.





    Even more user-friendly than before, the fifth edition of this classic will bring the book fully into the world wide web arena, with new and expanded information on digital audio, streaming, surround sound, and DVD production and manufacturing. The fifth edition is completely updated to include new industry changes and trends, as well as those still on the horizon. Website callouts, general web references and demos, programs and applications have been included throughout.

    The new website, modrec.com, houses all ancillary material for MRT. This site includes examples, demos, updates, soundfiles/midifiles, manuals, discussions, and more.

    With Modern Recording Techniques you can:

    *Explore the tools, tips, and toys for getting better results in both the professional and project recording studio
    *Master the basics of dynamics, noise reduction, and other forms of signal processing, in both the analog and digital domain
    *Gain in-depth insights into hard disk recording, digital audio technology, electronic music, synchronization, analog and digital console technology, mixing, and console animation
    *Learn practical microphone placement techniques, monitoring fundamentals, CD mastering, and important tips on getting your music to market
    *Check out new developments in new media, desktop audio, and music technologies for the web
    *View over 500 figures, including photos of the latest equipment and emerging technologies

    Most popular book on music recording among students, musicians, and audio engineers alike

    The most up-to-date, authoratative recording guide available

    New companion website includes examples, demos, and updates
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
    This is a good overview if you are new to the industry. Lack of detailed information limits its usability if you already have some experience. I would recommend Yamaha's Sound Reinforcement Handbook and Bobby Owsinski's Mixing and Mastering Engineer's handbooks over this for more specific tips.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Information at your fingertips
    Modern Recording Techniques was the first of many books I have read in my study of Sound Design. Where this book does get a little complicated and at times the structure throws me off, this book is the best I have found so far. Similar books, such as the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook, read like instruction booklets that are so confusing that you are not sure if you are reading about a microphone or trying to put together a bookshelf.

    This book has stayed on my computer desk and by my side for the past year. Definitely worth the money!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Introduction guide
    Modern? As a reprint this book is getting pretty old now and would really benefit from some new material. I'm also not sure who the audience is meant to be. It's too generalised to appeal to someone who understands the fundamentals of recording and yet would probably scare off someone who is relatively new to the subject.

    The format is very text bookish and is let down by the lack of solid tips, techniques and examples that would have bought this otherwise ordinary book to life.

    Unless you have the luxury of already owning all the other recording books advertised on Amazon I would shunt this one further down the list.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, but uncolored
    Huber has assembled a synopsis of audio recording, which is great for the uninitiated, but I find that the book, while definitely at home in my music recording library, is not opinionated enough to be more than a starting reference. There is a decided lack of opinion on recording issues that often polarize music recording professionals. By being all things to everyone, this book is simply a starting point, albeit an excellent one, well laid out and with chapters that progress in logical order. If you seek pros and cons on recording techniques, you may find some here, as well as a generalization of what is available.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Concise presentation, excellent illustrations, up-to-date.
    This is the 4th edition of a book which has been in print for more than 20 years. The 4th edition has been up-dated to include current practices and equipment for sound recording. Although directed to music recording, this book provides an excellent foundation for work in theater, film, television, and multi-media.

    I have used this book as the principal text for the first quarter of a three course sequence in Sound Design for Theater, Film and Video at UCLA. ... Read more


    5. All I Did Was Ask : Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists
    by Terry Gross
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    Asin: 1401300103
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-08)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 428
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    A fascinating collection of revealing and entertaining interviews by the award-winning host of National Public Radio's premier interview program Fresh Air.

    Over the last twenty years, Terry Gross has interviewed many of our most celebrated writers, actors, musicians, comics, and visual artists. Her show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, a weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues produced by WHYY in Philadelphia, is one of National Public Radio's most popular programs. More than four million people tune in to the show, which is broadcast on over 400 NPR stations across the country.

    Gross is known for her thoughtful, probing interviewing style. In her trusted company, even the most reticent guest relaxes and opens up. But Gross doesn't shy away from controversy, and her questions can be tough -- too tough, apparently, for Bill O'Reilly, who abruptly terminated his conversation with her. Her interview with Gene Simmons of Kiss, which is included in the book, prompted Entertainment Weekly to name Simmons its male "Crackpot of the Year."

    For All I Did Was Ask, Gross has selected more than three dozen of her best interviews -- ones of lasting relevance that are as lively on the page as they were on the air. Each is preceded by a personal introduction in which she reveals why a particular guest was on the show and the thinking behind some of her questions. And in an introductory chapter, the normally self-effacing Gross does something you're unlikely ever to hear her do on Fresh Air -- she discusses her approach to interviewing, revealing a thing or two about herself in the bargain.

    The collection focuses on luminaries from the art and entertainment world, including actors, comedians, writers, visual artists, and musicians, such as:

    --Conan O'Brien
    --Chris Rock
    --Michael Caine
    --Dennis Hopper
    --Dustin Hoffman
    --Jodie Foster
    --John Updike
    --Mary Karr
    --Mario Puzo
    --Nick Hornby
    --Chuck Close
    --Eric Clapton
    --George Clinton
    --Sonny Rollins
    --Samuel L. Jackson
    --Johnny Cash
    --Isabella Rossellini
    --Divine
    --Uta Hagen
    --Carol Shields ... Read more


    6. Understanding Ultra Wide Band Radio Fundamentals
    by Di Benedetto & Giancola
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    Asin: 0131480030
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-17)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
    Sales Rank: 200803
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    7. The Arrl Handbook for Radio Communications 2005 (Arrl Handbook forRadio Amateurs)
    by Dana G. Reed
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    Asin: 0872599280
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
    Publisher: American Radio Relay League
    Sales Rank: 17510
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    8. Gunsmoke: A Complete History and Analysis of the Legendary Broadcast Series with a Comprehensive Episode-by-Episode Guide to Both the Radio and Television Programs
    by Suzanne Barabas, Gabor Barabas
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    Asin: 0899504183
    Catlog: Book (1990-04)
    Publisher: McFarland & Company
    Sales Rank: 72733
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The series ran not only nine years on radio, but also 20 years on television, making it the all-time longest running prime-time program with continuing characters. It introduced to the American people a cast of characters that quickly took on mythic proportions.

    This book discovers what made Gunsmoke unique and why it was so popular. Especially insightful are 74 in-depth interviews and reminiscences by principal performers (Arness, Blake, Weaver, et al.), guest stars (Hartley, O’Connor, Leachman, Reynolds, Conrad, et al.), directors, writers and producers associated with the radio and television programs. A 128-page glossy section contains 241 photographs.

    A comprehensive episode-by-episode guide provides reference to over 1,000 radio and television programs, spanning 23 years and includes title, synopsis, air date, cast, director, writer, producer and anecdotal information. Appendices: memorable quotes from the program, TV schedules and awards. Enormous index. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for every Gusnmoke fan.
    If you are a serious fan of the TV series or a serious fan of the history of television in particular and pop culture in general, then Gunsmoke: A Complete History is a must addition to your library. Be forewarned, however, this is not a book about celebrity, gossip, speculation, but a work of scholarship whose primary aim is to elucidate the creative processes which went into keeping not only the quality but the popularity of the Gunsmoke fiction alive for over 20 years on radio and TV.

    Perhaps the biggest mystery about Gunsmoke begins and ends with the questions: how and why did it last so long. Within these pages are some of the answers. We learn what John Meson and Norman MacDonnell did not want in a western when they sat down to create the characters of Matt, Kitty, Chester and Doc, and from those beginnings we are given entrée into the genesis of thought which was to make the show not only just "different" but truly unique-in a genre which was to become so hyper-prevalent that by the early 60's the average TV viewer could have drowned in horse puckey.

    The story of Gunsmoke ultimately became the Tale of Two Genres-Radio and Television. While initially many of the TV episodes were adapted from the radio scripts, there are large differences not only in terms of character interpretation by the two sets of actors but also in terms of what we were allowed to hear on radio but not see on TV. This book not only illustrates those differences and the reasons for them but also grants us entrée into the actors' interpretations of how they saw their characters-and the relationships between and among those same characters.

    One of the maxims of biological evolution is "adapt or die." In that regard, Gunsmoke is perhaps the apotheosis of pop culture "survival of the fittest." The changes were many, not only internally but externally, as the show's initial success began in the 50's; it not only survived but also ultimately prevailed in the 60's, and held strong for one half of the 70's. We are given illustration of the processes by which it escaped the watchful eyes of the censors and other watchdogs, many of which are a tribute to the abilities of the creators' seemingly steadfast belief that there is always another way to tell the a story without ever pandering to popular clichés and hackneyed resolutions.

    In addition to the actual history of Gunsmoke, there is a large section devoted to the remembrances of the "guest stars" who passed through the Gunsmoke lens. There are unique perceptions over the years of a cast and crew whose professionalism became the standard in the industry, and they are so rated by their peers.

    The bulk of the 836 pages are devoted to the episodes themselves, both on radio and on TV. It was, after all, the shows that aired that left the most lasting impression of Gunsmoke. The episode summaries are neither critical explications nor scene-by-scene breakdowns of what happened; they are not meant to be. They are reference material for the devotee of the series, containing basic plot notes and all the major "credits" for each, as well as original air and rerun dates on CBS. In conjunction with the painstakingly complete index, it's a snap to find out when everyone from Jean Arthur to Anthony Zerbe guested on Gunsmoke.

    Included also are 127 pages of photographs which provide a companion "visual history" of Gunsmoke. Additionally, there are several Appendices for quick reference, including a collection of memorable lines from the pens of a plethora of very good writers, a listing of Guest Stars, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Awards and Honors.

    Like the show it aims to honor, Gunsmoke: A Complete History is a remarkable achievement and a must have for any fan of the series or serious student of the genre.

    5-0 out of 5 stars contents are about principles,trouble,shooting ,etc.
    it contents about ohms law,kirchoffs law,semi conductors, basics of radio,circuit diagrams about speakers,recording systems etc.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's all here for the Gunsmoke lovers and wannbes.
    There isn't anything left out of this tome for those who love the Gunsmoke series. Be it William Conrad on radio or James Arness on TV, this book gives you everything you'd like to know or relive about these special citizens of Dodge City. With each passing year, it becomes more difficult to find reruns to arrest the cravings arising from Gunsmoke addiction. On those cold, rainy afternoons you can tuck yourself away within these pages and re-experience any of your favorite episodes. For the true lover of the series, it's a high you'll never exceed. One caution: the book is pricey and if you haven't accumulated the series knowledge through TV or radio, it isn't likely that these pages alone will bring you to climax and justify the cost. But if you experienced Gunsmoke firsthand, the cost is minuscule to the pleasure you'll ignite. Better yet, tell your family that you'd love it for a gift. That's what I did!!! ... Read more


    9. Smithsonian Collection of Old Time Radio Mysteries
    by Radio Spirits
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    Asin: 1570191689
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
    Publisher: Radio Spirits
    Sales Rank: 9216
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The Smithsonian Institution and Radio Spirits have united to bring you the very finest from radio's golden age. Each radio broadcast has been digitally restored and remastered from original recordings for superb sound quality. The 60-page book is filled with rare photographs and insightful commentary about the shows, the performers, the medium and the genreand features a foreword written by David Kogan, writer/creator of The Mysterious Traveler & Murder by Experts. Experience the finest in classic entertainment with this unprecedented series from the Smithsonian Collection of Old Time Radio. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    If you're a lover of old time radio, this collection of mysteries is fantastic. Commercials are even included which adds to the fun.

    I like this collection because it isn't interrupted by modern day narration recounting the history of the shows like some other collections are. The sound quality is also far superior to other non-Smithsonian collections.

    Others may be less expensive, but I don't believe that you get the quality you get here. Definitely worth the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greats in the crime, supernatural, and suspense genres
    No science fiction unless you count Escape's great adaptation of "Country of the Blind". And only one detective type which classifies as mystery because of the mysterious "Fatima". Still, a great collection. Top of the heap is the "Suspense" classic, "The Hitchhiker" with the great Orson Wells at his greatest. "Escape" is represented as mentioned above with "Country of the Blind", a H. G. Wells story, spotlighting the terrific use of sound effects and music in telling the story. Then, there's not one, but two examples of the great Arch Oboler. First, there's "Cat Wife" on "Everyman's Theater", an admittedly preposterous supernatural story, but made one of the most entertaining entries here because of the Oboler genius of use of the voices. The "Lights Out" episode, also featuring Oboler's talent, was the lesser of the two, but quite interesting because of the dramatic acting by singer Dinah Shore and tough voiced Gloria Blondell. "The Whistler" and "Inner Sanctum" were two of the best loved mystery series, and the theme music of the former, and use of the organ in the latter definitely are masterful. But the episode which I found most interesting and surprising personally was the story, "Killer, Come Back to Me" on Molle Mystery Theater, a gangster story by a fledgling author by the name of Ray Bradbury while he was still writing for the detective pulps, before he found himself in the horror and science fiction genres which made him famous. I am sure that while many Bradbury stories were dramatized on radio, this was undoubtedly the first. The classic "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" from the Weird Circle series was good though I could've wished for a less familiar literary classic. All in all, this is a great collection which shows how sound effects, music, distinctive voices, stories with twist endings, were all used to create the beloved old time radio mystery.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sleuth Stories -- Science Fiction -- Suspense
    The realm of mystery and suspense must lie somewhere between the detective story and science fiction. The example shows chosen from "Escape", "Everyman's Theater", "Suspense", "The Mysterious Traveler", and "The Wierd Circle" would have been just as much at home in the Smithsonian science fiction collection, while the stories from "The Molle Mystery Theatre", "Murder by Experts", "Tales of Fatima", and "The Whistler" would have fitted quite nicely into the Smithsonian detectives collection.

    Several of the individual episodes were classics: H.G. Wells' "The Country of the Blind" ("Escape"), Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" ("The Wierd Circle"), and Orson Welles' "The Hitchhiker" ("Suspense"). Radio drama just doesn't get any better than these episodes. "Suspense" has to have been the greatest radio drama series of all time, but from what I've seen, "Escape" wasn't far behind in quality.

    "Cat Wife" ("Everyman's Theater"), "The Man the Insects Hated" ("The Mysterious Traveler"), "Killer Come Back to Me" ("The Molle Mystery Theatre"), and "The Eager Pigeon" ("The Whistler") were forgettable.

    Two of my favorite old time radio detectives were included: Basil Rathbone played himself in "Tales of Fatima", but the persona he adopted was strongly influenced by the many years he spent portraying Sherlock Holmes. Jack Webb played an anti-hero in "The Whistler", but Webb's bad guy was a sort of a tarnished Joe Friday. Webb seems incapable of having played anything other than a jaded tough-guy. The three series characters he played (Jeff Regan, Pat Novak, and Joe Friday) were all had boiled, hard fisted heroes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enter A Dark Portion of Your Imagination
    Today we are truly the inheritors of mass media but think back upon a time when all the american public had in their homes was a radio. Movies were the medium you had to go out to see but radio was in your homes. Comedy flourished,Westerns brought excitement but Mysteries dominated the medium as no other had before it. The twelve shows represented in this collection SUSPENSE, ESCAPE, THE WHISTLER, LIGHTS OUT, MURDER BY EXPERTS, MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE,EVERYMAN'S THEATRE, INNER SANCTUM,THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER,THE CLOCK, THE WEIRD CIRCLE & TALES OF FATIMA. With the exception of the final title all of these shows are good examples of a self contained story which if successful would raise the hackles on the back of your neck. TALES OF FATIMA on the other hand seems to belong more in a collection of gentleman dectives. It has the estimable Basil Rathbone playing himself as an actor who sleuths between performances. 3 prime examples of the power of dramatic radio presented here are H.G. Wells' The Country of The Blind presented on ESCAPE starring Edmond O'Brien, The Eager Pigeon on THE WHISTLER starring Jack Webb and the final gem of The Hitchhiker starring Orson Welles presented on the greatest mystery anthology of them all SUSPENSE. All of these shows have been remastered to the point where you would honestly think they were recorded yesterday. So turn your light's down and prepare to enter the mind's eye. ... Read more


    10. Passport to World Band Radio, 2005 Edition
    by Magne
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    Asin: 0914941852
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-25)
    Publisher: International Broadcasting Services
    Sales Rank: 1390
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    World band radio delivers on-the-spot news, perspectives and entertainment that is enjoyed anywhere.For 2005 two major developments will expand Passport's readership:World band goes digital.XM, Premium world band portables will soon also receive XM satellite radio.Entering its 21 year, Passport outsell all competitors combined. ... Read more


    11. How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records
    by Frank Broughton, Bill Brewster
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    Asin: 0802139957
    Catlog: Book (2003-04)
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Sales Rank: 13269
    Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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    DJs have gone from being underpaid live jukeboxes to becoming premier entertainers, producers, businessmen, and musicians capable of commanding admiration from thousands and earning serious money. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the definitive history of the DJ. Now they gather their mastery of the artistic and technical aspects of being a DJ into a clear, accessible, and entertaining guide. How to DJ is the perfect guide -- from the most basic keys to establishing a music collection and a distinctive sound, to elementary record-spinning, to the complex skills of scratching, hot-mixing, and beat-juggling, as well as the inimitable art of creating an evening of sound that is perfectly timed, balanced, and unforgettable. Diagrams throughout illustrate phrases, beat timing, and song structure with no reliance on music theory, and resource lists recommend everything from which songs are best (and most fun) to learn with, to good sources for building a library of disks, CDs, and MP3s. For those who want to turn pro, the authors give sage advice on the vagaries of the club and music business. Short quotes, anecdotes, and photos of famous DJs such as Grandmaster Flash and Derrick Carter are featured. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Compiled internet reading
    This is a fun book, well written. Most of the stuff in it I already learned from doing google searches. Many of the quotes from this book are pulled off of web pages, many of the resources they send you to are web-pages (a few of which are now dead links). In England this book is called "How To DJ Properly", and it does have a bit of a chip on it's shoulder, as if the Brits invented DJing and are the ones who do it "right".

    I like this book, bit I wish it had some more specific exercises and came with some audio: a CD or records.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learn & then play....
    This book is just one of those good buys that you have to do in life. I have researched the web ,try videos ,and some other books to "culturize" my self about what and how djs do it and this piece of information is just simple the best one. Plus comes with lots of web addresses where you can expand what they are taking about. Easy to understand, light reading, and the best of it; it goes to the point NO BS. After reading it you dont only will expand your knowledge u will find that some of the things u were doing were just not enough. 5 stars for this book. It will teach you how to fall in love again with the music and what you can do with it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best DJ Book EVER!
    Simply the BEST. If you're a DJ and don't own this book, you're probably a terrible DJ. BUY THYIS BOOK!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ha ha ha ha ha!!!
    All I can say is that this is so ridiculous. I read this book at the library and I couldn't stop laughing. So DJs have talant? It takes years to master the 'art' of playing a record? Listen to me and listen well, you want respect, girls, and money? Let the losers be DJs. Musicians with talant do just that, make music, with instruments. Go buy a guitar.

    This book had some elementary basics on sound levels and accoustics, but clubs have people to do that while your setting up your band, so what's the point?

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book rocks!
    I just recently started taking DJ classes, and this book has been tremendous help. Historically, the barriers to entry have been a bit high in the DJ field, often leaving beginners like myself wondering where to start: what equipment do I need? what are the fundamentals I have to work on? The book fills this gap, providing a comprehensive guide on equipment, techniques, online resources and the general nature of the industry in a very clear format. I've browsed through other books on this subject (a rather limited selection) and none of them come close in terms of breadth and quality.

    The book hits on a lot of key points and has an encouraging tone, balanced out by a bit of sarcastic humor. For instance, it notes the likely frustrations from trying a new technique (yes, everyone stinks in the beginning), but this just requires practice, practice, practice. The book has also been right on the mark about how most people in the field, from experienced DJs to record store operators, are quite helpful. Even when I pass the beginner stage, it will surely be a useful reference well into the future. ... Read more


    12. Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves
    by Gene Fowler, Bill Crawford
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    Asin: 0292725353
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: University of Texas Press
    Sales Rank: 234844
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    From reviews of the first edition:"The magic of [a] wildly colorful chapter in broadcast history lives on in this entertainingly informative look at the forces and the people who contributed to the rise of the medium." --Chicago Tribune"Characters like Wolfman Jack, Reverend Ike, Norman Baker, "Dr." J. R. Brinkley, Pappy O'Daniel and others were master showmen and tremendously successful salesmen. Secret-formula medicines, magic prayer cloths, Crazy Water Crystals, and goat-gland rejuvenations are just part of this often hilarious telling of this outrageous period in broadcast history." --Variety"If you're wondering where Herbalife, Home Shopping Network, No-Money-Down Seminars, and Jim and Tammy Bakker found their inspiration and techniques, look no further than this superb book." --Dallas Morning NewsBefore the Internet brought the world together, there was border radio. These mega-watt "border blaster" stations, set up just across the Mexican border to evade U.S. regulations, beamed programming across the United States and as far away as South America, Japan, and Western Europe.This book traces the eventful history of border radio from its founding in the 1930s by "goat-gland doctor" J. R. Brinkley to the glory days of Wolfman Jack in the 1960s. Along the way, it shows how border broadcasters pioneered direct sales advertising, helped prove the power of electronic media as a political tool, aided in spreading the popularity of country music, rhythm and blues, and rock, and laid the foundations for today's electronic church. The authors have revised the text to include even more first-hand information and a larger selection of photographs.Gene Fowler and Bill Crawford are freelance writers in Austin, Texas. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Radio History At Its Best
    We're all familiar with infomercials promising miracle diets, TV preachers promising salvation, and e-mail spam promising riches. Although their transmission means are modern, the scams themselves aren't new. They were a born out of the radio age, through stations sometimes called "border blasters." These were high-power AM broadcasters set up just over the Mexican border to beam music, medical miracles and merchandise to the U.S. in a way never heard before on domestic radio.

    BORDER RADIO is a wonderful history of the border blaster stations. Fowler and Crawford have compiled an exhaustive history of the stations and personalities in a way that captures the flavor of the times. Some of the radio personalities, like the Goat Gland Doctor, were outright frauds, others, like Wolfman Jack, were the purveyors of the exciting, underground culture of rock-and-roll. All hawked their wares on the border stations, making an impression on American broadcasting, popular music, advertising and merchandising that is still felt today.

    Superbly detailed, BORDER RADIO covers the evolution of the medium from the early days of the 1930s when hillbilly music and medical quacks ruled the airwaves, to its demise in the 1960s when television and broadcasting treaties silenced the border stations for good. If you love radio and Americana, you won't be able to put this book down. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Heard it on the ' X '
    This book introduces us to the colorful world of a bygone era, that of border radio. Brilliant technicians constructed gargantuan transmitters along the border towns of Texas/Mexico and beamed their signal into all of North America - one angry resident complained that was ALL he could get on his radio. These stations were distinguished by their call signs that began with an 'X'. This spawned an industry of singers, politicians, preachers and pitchman the type we now see on "infomercials". Mail was the barometer of the day - the more mail you "pulled" in from listeners the more clout you carried with stations - "keep those cards and letters coming!" New Federal regulations put an end to this wild world but not until the airwaves crackled with everyone from Wolfman Jack to the Rev. Ike - "get out of the ghetto and get into the get-mo!" This is a marvelously written treasure trove that will be welcomed by anyone interested in radio, salesmanship, and American sub-cultures and the bizarre.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Put Your Hands on the Radio (and this book)
    Most books about US radio history are written like a doctoral thesis or ex-dj's gossip gabfests. The non-fiction book tells true tales of tall characters, with enough information sprinkled through to make radio geeks interested. If this were fiction, you'd swear the characters were invented by Kinky Friedman. After reading several books on radio history in recent years, this stands as one of the most informative and entertaining. ... Read more


    13. Voices of Summer : Baseball's Greatest Announcers
    by Curt Smith
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    Asin: 0786714468
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-12)
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf
    Sales Rank: 13118
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Russ Hodges's frantic pronouncement at Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World": "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" and Jack Buck's incredulous remark after Kirk Gibson's heroic home run in the 1988 World Series: "I don't believe what I just saw!" are just a couple examples. The sometimes downright hysterical commentaries of broadcasters very often become more memorable than even the games they describe. Though countless studies have weighed the merits of our great players, none has assessed the virtues of the men who turn diving catches and soaring home runs into the stuff of myth. In The Voices of Summer, Curt Smith has compiled a list of 101 classic announcers-from national celebrities to local favorites, overlooked giants to upcoming stars-in search of the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time. From the poetic reflections of Dick Enberg to the Falstaffian frenzy of Harry Caray, Smith answers the timeless questions: Was Mel Allen better than Ernie Harwell? Does Joe Buck compare to his legendary dad? Which of today's young broadcasters really matches the all-time greats? Irreverent, authoritative, and uncommonly addictive, this book will be the definitive guide to baseball announcing for any and all baseball fans. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Gibberish of Summer
    If any of the announcers Smith profiles in this book talked like he writes they would be lucky to get a job broadcasting for a Class A league team. As he did in his fiasco on baseball stadiums (Storied Stadiums), Smith once again resorts to his trademark staccato gibberish writing style.As with that book, he takes what should be a fun topic and makes it impenetrable.As I said in my review of his previous book, he is analagous to having to sit through Dennis Miller on Monday Night Football. Smith is more concerned with trying to show you how smart he is than with entertaining the reader.It is a real shame to see someone waste his obvious talent like this.His original book on the topic "Voices of the Game" was a masterpiece, but he is clearly lost.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The next "Voices of the Game"
    I've waited years for another book like Smith's "Voices of the Game" and this is it!We're already having fights about the rankings but who better to make these pronouncements than Curt Smith, who is indisputably the authority on the subject.It's hard to argue whose in his Top Ten but I know some will, which is the fun of a book like this.

    When steroids are tarnishing the reputations of the players, it's great to read about the purists of the game.

    AND, I hear he's got a bio of Mel Allen out next year with scoop on what caused his mysterious departure from the Yankees.I can't wait! ... Read more


    14. Paul Harvey's the Rest of the Story
    by Paul Aurandt
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    Asin: 0553259628
    Catlog: Book (1984-08-01)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 7519
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fascinating stuff
    I read this book about 15 years ago and was delighted to find it on amazon. This is a keeper, one that you can browse through over and over again. It contains stories of little known aspects of the lives of very well known people and is rather like an encyclopaedia based on People magazine. The element of surprise at the end gives a delightful twist to each story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hidden History
    As Napoleon indicated, History is the lies upon which we've all agreed. There is no such thing as a work of history that doesn't leave some important element out. Partly that's to make history more palatable for a new generation -- who really wants to know about dentistry in the Colonial era when we're reading about George Washington and his false teeth? No matter what the reason, though, once an item is left out of history it tends to disappear permanently.

    Unless Paul Harvey Jr. gets his hands on it.

    Paul Harvey Jr, who writes the short vignettes for his father's radio show "The Rest of the Story," has a gift for uncovering forgotten facts. Did you know there was another Three Stooges? Did you know Jack Benny was invited to join the Marx Brothers? Did you know one of our Founding Fathers kept his wife chained in the basement because of persistent congenital madness? I hadn't known that.

    This book is an incomplete collection of Harvey's vignettes for his father's show. Some are published under the name "Paul Aurendt," and if you can find them, jump on them with both feet. However, this book provides a good primer for the forgotten corners of history, and also allows you to own copies of the vignettes Harvey has made famous over the last 25 years. One can only hope that Harvey's example will inspire more historians to investigate the forgotten corners of history and find what's been otherwise forgotten. I'd buy more of these books if more of them were available.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Simple Art
    What is so memorable about Paul Harvey's stories is the impact with which one is left long after having read the peice.

    His is a perspective which simultaneously realizes the innocence and the experience of the human character. A snapshot of both our potential and our pain. And it is this acceptanece, a simplistic understanding, that allows the essence of the situation to remain with the reader. Thus, initially, the reader must be trusted by the author to be capable of that understanding.

    This is Harvey's talent: to assume and place before an audience not only the humanity of his subject, but also of themselves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's a definite must read!
    I was first introduced to "The Rest of the Story" when I was 10 yrs. old I loved it then and I love it now that I'm 24. It is incredibly interesting, amusing and a definite must read for those who are interested in obscure yet fascinating tidbits of information about anything and everything.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly a literary accomplishment!
    A wonderful book! Paul Harvey has the unique quality of finding the mysterious, revealing it, and providing a life lesson at the same time! A marvelous read. ... Read more


    15. Radio On : A Listener's Diary
    by Sarah Vowell
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    Asin: 0312183011
    Catlog: Book (1997-12-15)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
    Sales Rank: 29077
    Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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    There are approximately 502 million radios in America. For this savvy, far-reaching, and well-written diary, celebrated journalist and author Vowell turned hers on and listened—closely, critically, creatively—for an entire year.

    As a series of impressions and reflections regarding contemporary American culture, and as an extended meditation on both our media and our society, this keenly focused book is as insightful as it is refreshing.

    Throughout Radio On, "Vowell's touch is about as delicate as Teddy Kennedy's after a pitcher of martinis" (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times).
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Cranky Diatribe
    I like Sarah Vowell. I've enjoyed her pieces on 'This American Life', read her other books, and even saw her at a live reading when she came to town. I didn't like this book though, and here, I guess, is where book ratings can become pretty arbitrary. It wasn't some glaring deficiency of prose style or structure that tipped me over the edge. "It's just that, ultimately, she's whiny" (her own criticism of Alanis Morissette coming dangerously close to home). This is a book where nothing is safe. And if you're an individual that thinks that you have been deeply wronged by the world, most likely because it doesn't kowtow to your every quirky interest, leading you to cope by saying 'everything sucks' and elevating Nirvana and Hole to demigod status, then this book is for you!

    It wasn't long into the book before I realized I'd be enduring it, rather than enjoying it. So why did I continue? Perhaps the same reason that people slow down when passing the scene of an accident: macabre fascination. Anytime something was on the radio that didn't resemble guitars screeching the self-obsessed angst of middle-class white urbanites, she is ready and waiting to attack it. 'Morning Edition' or 'All Things Considered': snooty and self-aware, *boring*. Marian McPartland's 'Piano Jazz': boring, "plink, plink, chord; plink, plink, chord". Garrison Keillor of 'A Prarie Home Companion': "hate every breath he draws". And those are the relative safe-havens among the liberal, faux-intellectual crowd she inhabits. Imagine her temperate and reasonable reactions to conservative talk radio!

    Granted, she was 25 when she wrote this, and probably angry because she had been teased in high school. It's apparent that time (and subsequent wealth, no doubt) have mellowed her. Perhaps she has recognized that Cobain really didn't have any answers, and life is turning out better with some perspective gained, and she's no longer as transfixed or amused by the regular chaos in Courtney Love's mess of a life. Whatever it is, you're much better off reading 'The Partly Cloudy Patriot' than this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars you try this at home and see what you find.
    this book is a diary of an entire year's worth of listening to the radio. most people only listen in their cars, but sarah didn't have a tv or something, so she kept a journal of what she heard on the radio. in some cities, this would be the most boring task and picking your belly button lint would be more fun. but she was lucky enough to live in a place where they take their radio seriously. this isn't anything like take the cannoli, but don't let that stop you. it's an incredible sociological experiment. plus it also helps that she's employed by npr. sort of.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nice concept; incompetent writer
    How does garbage like this get published??? Sarah Vowell's bleak radio diary reads like a spoiled 15 teen year old's summer journal. I love radio, but I could care less about the pretenious Ms. Vowell and her predictable "Gen X" opinions about music, politics, and life. The concept of having someone drive around and comment on the radio stations that they pick up is interesting, but for God's sake, have an interesting person write it. Vowell has nothing to say worth printing. Please God, don't let her publish again! Sink her down into that career in a college town used record store that she so richly derserves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars YOU PROBABLY WON'T LIKE THIS BOOK IF...
    ...you don't listen to NPR, and radio isn't a central part of your life. I probably got more out of this book than some people, because I listened to some of the stations referenced in it (KITS in SF, for example). Sarah Vowell's critiques of modern American culture and of radio are DEAD ON. Like I said, some of the jokes in there are pretty specific to NPR listeners (like her comment about Talk of the Nation), but a lot of it is just growing up Generation X in America. If you're a Gen X NPR listener, this is worth every penny.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Radio On : A Reader's Dismay
    I got this book because I really love Sarah's essays on the NPR program This American Life. Those are (largely) collected in her book "Take the Cannoli : (Stories from the New World)." If you too have come to Sarah Vowell via This American Life, I must emphasize: "Radio On" is very likely going to disappoint you.

    The idea for this book is a fantastic one. She keeps a diary largely centered around what the radio is playing at any given time. She sprinkles in liberal doses of real life, thoughts and musings. Unfortunately she seems to view many subjects through a haughty lens of her life as a microcosm of general culture...which it ain't.

    Sarah has a dismaying habit of aggrandizing or belittling whole swaths of art and entertainment. Nirvanna? Fantastic. The Grateful Dead? Boring noodling. NPR? May have once had a golden age, now worthless garbage. Frequently, she casually dismisses a topic/music style/belief/person as worthless, not worth a thought, and then later rants on and on in defense of her opinion. There seems to be no middle ground: something that deserves a gentle ribbing is utterly skewered, something that deserves light praise is idolized. When she does hear something she deems worthy on NPR, she is quick to turn the radio off before it's spoiled by "snooty diction". Much the same could be said of Radio On: a great idea plus the occasional fabulous insight, spoiled in the presentation by Vowell's "snooty diction."

    I saw Sarah on David Letterman in support of her much better book Take The Canoli. There was a point where she said something pretty funny and the audience laughed and laughed. As they laughed, she became obviously scornful, as if they had violated some imagined etiquette by thinking she was THAT funny, that they dared interrupt the flow of her coversation with their intrusive laughter. That kind of smugness, that kind of near mean-spiritedness, pervades this book. It renders it almost entirely unreadable. ... Read more


    16. Old Time Radio Comedy Favorites
    by Smithsonian Collection, George Burns
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    Asin: 1570190151
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-30)
    Publisher: Radio Spirits
    Sales Rank: 111200
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    The Smithsonian Institution and Radio Spirits have united to bring you the very finest from radio's Golden Age. The Smithsonian's mission of "the diffusion of knowledge" and Radio Spirits's commitment to "preserving nostalgia radio with leading technology" have resulted in the creation of this unprecedented series.

    Each radio broadcast has been digitally restored and remastered from original recordings for superb sound quality. Also included is a 52-page historical booklet filled with rare photographs and insightful commentary about the shows, the performers, and the medium. The foreword is written by George Burns, one of the greatest performers of old time radio.

    Relive a time when radio reigned supreme in the hearts and minds of Americans. Experience the finest in classic entertainment with this unprecedented series from the Smithsonian Collection of Old Time Radio.

    This collection contains 12 half-hour vintage radio shows on 4 CDs:

    The Jack Benny Program "Jack's Birthday" (2/15/48) Starring Jack Benny. The Burns and Allen Show (1/2/47) Starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Mel Blanc. The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show (5/23/43) Starring Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Charles Boyer. The Eddie Cantor Show (1/6/43) Starring Eddie Cantor, Dinah Shore, Tommy Dorsey and Hattie McDaniel. Fibber McGee and Molly (4/6/43) Starring Jim and Marion Jordan. The Life of Riley (4/8/49) Starring William Bendix and Burt Lancaster. Duffy's Tavern (11/9/51) Starring Ed Gardner. The Great Gildersleeve (11/29/42) Starring Harold Peary. Our Miss Brooks (8/21/49) Starring Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, and Richard Crenna. The Fred Allen Show (10/28/45) Starring Fred Allen, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. The Bickersons (12/13/47) Starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford. The Aldrich Family (12/14/52) Starring Bobby Ellis. ... Read more


    17. Cutting Edge Radio: How to Create the World's Best Radio Ads for Brands in the 21st Century
    by Jim Aitchison
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    Asin: 0130093157
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-16)
    Sales Rank: 143062
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This is the first definitive side-by-side guide to creating cutting edge radio commercials, exploring everything from how radio communicates, what kind of commercials work best, how to get great radio ideas and develop them into scripts, how to cast the best talent, and how to record and mix the final tracks.

    Join a master class of legendary radio gurus that includes Britain’s Tony Hertz and Ralph Van Dijk … America’s Austin Howe, John Immesoete, Keith Reinhard and Thomas Hripko … Australia’s Street Remley, Lionel Hunt and Jack Vaughan. Spiced with first-hand tips from famous creatives like Michael Conrad, David Droga, Paul Fishlock, Neil French, Steve Henry, and more. Share their personal creative processes in page after page of practical and inspiring advice, complete with the world’s best scripts. Learn the trade secrets of radio recording in the world’s sharpest studios like Britain’s Angell Sound and Eardrum, America’s Famous Radio Ranch, Australia’s Flint Webster, Song Zu and Stellar Sound.

    Step behind the scenes of radio campaigns like Real American Heroes and Motel 6 from world-class agencies like BBDO, The Campaign Palace, DDB Worldwide, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saachi, and many more. It’s the one book that can help you master radio creativity. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece from Aitchison
    The Writing Radio chapter alone is worth every penny spent on this yet another masterpiece penned by Jim Aitchison. When's your next book coming out? ... Read more


    18. If I Live to Be 100 : Lessons from the Centenarians
    by NEENAH ELLIS
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    Asin: 0609608428
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-24)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 23966
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    If I Live to Be 100 is a remarkable book, beautifully written and elegantly wise, that takes us inside the world of the very old and invites us to learn from them firsthand the art of living well for an exceptionally long period of time.

    Neenah Ellis always wanted to live to 100, and her fascination led her to interview centenarians from all over the country about what life was like at the very beginning of the century, and how things have changed over time. Ellis, a producer for National Public Radio, spent an unforgettable year traveling with her tape recorder and listening to the stories of America’s oldest men and women. She met a couple who courted by horse and sleigh in Vermont during the winter of 1918, and she spent a week with the oldest living black lesbian in America. She visited a nationally known expert on dyslexia who published a book at 96 and whose great-great-grandfather was a colonel in Washington’s army; and she met Anna Wilmot, the row-boating centenarian from New England who captured the hearts of thousands of NPR listeners with her confession that she swims in the buff only “when it’s foggy and there’s no fisherman around.”

    Originally conceived as an American history project, Ellis’s year of interviews became much more, a personal journey of growth and transformation. After two decades of acting as the reporter and inquisitor, Ellis finally shifted gears and was able in the process of these conversations to start really listening. Once she had put away the exigencies of her cusp-of-the-millennium life—her deadlines, the intense focus on current events, the endless e-mail and ringing phones —she began to learn the kinds of things that we do from much older people. She started to connect in her conversations with them, and to see the virtue of looking forward, as the centenarians did, not backward. They reminded her that the moment—this very moment that we’re in right now—is precious and fine. And that the true richness of life is to be found in each other—in our marriages and friendships, in the intellectual life that we share with each other, and in the ways that we become connected. Their stories add up to a course in living well, with lessons and inspiration for all of us.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stories
    I work in healthcare; specifically with geriatric patient's, so this book was of great interest to me when I heard it was coming out. Neenah Ellis worked for NPR News in the past, and this was the other reason I wanted to read this book. It's basically a compilation of stories about 100 year olds, their lives, and what makes them "tick". Overall, I really enjoyed this book and Ms. Ellis' writing style. But, I was hoping for a bit more of "how" these people got to be 100. What was their secret for longevity? She was able to ascertain this from some of the centenarians, but not everyone. I also thought she covered a wide variety of individuals, from a very funny lesbian to a conservative Christian. Still, it was an inspiring read that gives anyone hope for life after retirment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Longevity
    Ellis produced a program for National Public Radio for which she interviewed people who were a hundred years old or older. She interviewed a wide variety including Margaret Rawson (a world-renowned expert on dyslexia), Ruth Ellis (the oldest living lesbian), Sadie and Gilbert Hill (married for over eighty years). At first, Ellis is focussed on the historical aspects of their lives, but soon finds herself on a personal journey of her own, where she connects to them as individuals alive in the world and begins to see how looking forward, not backward, is a secret to longevity, as is living in the here and now. More of a story of Ellis herself than the centenarians she met, "If I Live to Be 100" is a surprisingly luminous memoir that charms the reader and opens the mind to what it means to be really alive.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a bit misleading.
    Based on the title, I was truly expecting to read the "wisdom of the ages." Unfortunately, other than a few snippets and a couple of generalizations, the majority of this book is centered on the frustrations of obtaining the knowledge being sought and the process by which the author was able to acquire some patience with the elderly. To the author's credit, she mentions that this is how the book will transpire early on. To the author's discredit, she never changed the title appropriately. Kudos to the power of marketing and a lesson for those considering this title, "Read the reviews."

    5-0 out of 5 stars She's captured the "real" Anna Wilmot!
    When I met Neenah must have been the morning after she had camped under Anna's window. I too was awake early the August morning, waiting for Anna to come home from her morning row. It was the day after one of her many birthday parties, and I wanted to tell her how nice she looked on the tv. I hopped on my boat just as Anna was nearing the shore and cruised my way over there before she started up her hill.
    Anna introduced me to Neenah, saying that Neenah was going to share my dear Anna with the rest of the world. And after reading this book, I'm here to tell you that Neenah has truly captured the real Anna.
    I'll admit I originally only bought this book to read about my friend, but I found myself drawn to all of the Centenarians and the stories they had to share. In the mean time I learned things about Anna that I never knew. I never knew Anna's husband Fred. He had died before I was born! Anna was my favorite babysitter (when she was 70 something, and I was in grade school).
    She is still in fine health all though her hearing is going and her knees are bad. She often calls me up to find out how my love life is going. Anna has promised to dance at my wedding, and I'm going to hold her to that. But she has told me that she's getting tired so I better get to it!!!

    And just remember this....
    Don't eat the fish!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book
    I enjoyed reading this book very much. It is filled with stories about interesting people who have lived incredible lives Neenah Ellis is a journalist who spent an unforgettable year travelling the country listening to the stories of people who have reached the age of 100 and beyond for a National Public Radio series. I truly believe now that the secret to a long happy life is to stay active either mentally or physically. The people in this book can all attest to that. This book profiles educators like Margaret Rawson who published a book about dyslexia and her work in the field at the age of 96. Abraham Goldstein is a dedicated professor who has taught law for 70 years. I loved the story of Anna Wilmot who stayed active by paddling a rowboat and going skinny dipping.

    I also enjoyed the story of Ruth Ellis who was the oldest black lesbian. She was an accomplished public speaker and gay activist who made 100 appearances in a 1 year speaking on college campuses and gay functions all over the country. Ruth Ellis achievements have not gone unnoticed as a film has been made about her life. The story of Louisiana Hines is interesting because her grandfather was a slave. She can vividly recall how blacks were lynched for preaching about equality in the early years of the 20th century.

    Roy Stamper became a successful horse trainer He also developed a love for preaching despite having only 4 years of formal education. Roy Stamper proved that it is never too late to fall in love, because he got married at the age of 101.

    Sadie and Gilbert Hill were married for an amazing 81 years. The secret to their long marriage can be summed up in one word together. They did everything together from cooking to shopping to dancing. This couple even worked together as farm caretakers milking cows and herding cattle. I loved the story of Harry Shapiro whose life has been prolonged and enriched by his passion to paint. If I live to be 100 is a wonderful book. ... Read more


    19. It's One O'clock and Here is Mary Margaret Mcbride: a Radio Biography
    by Susan Ware
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    Asin: 0814794017
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-07)
    Publisher: New York University Press
    Sales Rank: 484742
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    "This discerning biography of radio pioneer Mary Margaret McBride illuminates an entire cultural era and offers fascinating parallels to our own time. In Susan Ware's engaging narrative, McBride emerges as an icon of twentieth century popular culture and its romance with what we now describe as 'talk radio.' McBride's story is a tale of power, freedom and connection boldly interpreted by a leading woman's historian."
    —Joyce Antler, author of The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America

    "Well written and lively, Susan Ware's biography rightly restores McBride to her proper place in broadcasting history."
    —Susan Douglas, author of Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination

    One of the most beloved radio show hosts of the 1940s and 1950s, Mary Margaret McBride (1899–1976) regularly attracted between six and eight million listeners to her daily one o'clock broadcast. During her twenty years on the air she interviewed tens of thousands of people, from President Harry Truman and Frank Lloyd Wright to Rachel Carson and Zora Neale Hurston. This is her story.

    Five decades after their broadcast, her shows remain remarkably fresh and interesting. And yet McBride—the Oprah Winfrey of her day—has been practically forgotten, both in radio history and in the history of twentieth-century popular culture, primarily because she was a woman and because she was on daytime radio.

    Susan Ware explains how Mary Margaret McBride was one of the first to exploit the cultural and political importance of talk radio, pioneering the magazine-style format that many talk shows still use. This radio biography recreates the world of daytime radio from the 1930s through the 1950s, confirming the enormous significance of radio to everyday life, especially for women.

    In the first in-depth treatment of McBride, Ware starts with a description of how widely McBride was revered in the mid-1940s—the fifteenth anniversary party for her show in 1949 filled Yankee Stadium. Once the readers have gotten to know Mary Margaret (as everyone called her), Ware backtracks to tell the story of McBride's upbringing, her early career, and how she got her start in radio. The latter part of the book picks up McBride's story after World War II and through her death in 1976. An epilogue discusses the contemporary talk show phenomenon with a look back to Mary Margaret McBride's early influence on the format.

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    20. Voiceovers: Putting Your Mouth Where The Money Is
    by Chris Douthitt, Tom Wiecks
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    Asin: 093556621X
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
    Publisher: SCB Distributors
    Sales Rank: 300678
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Perhaps the most complete overview yet of the voice-over business, this book explains more than just the voice talent's job. It describes the whole production process and what's expected of you by the writer, engineer, ad agency, agent, talent union -- and, of course, the client.

    Learn all about interpreting scripts and taking direction.Preparing your demo tape.What happens during recording sessions.How voice casting works.Exactly how much voice-overs pay. And much more.

    Complete with over 20 pages of sample radio, TV, narration and animation scripts, this is one book that has people talking. ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Picks up Where the Others Leave Off
    I can recommend this book on two conditions: one, if you have already read The Art Of Voice Acting by James Alburger and two, you are enrolled in a voice workshop or class where you can ask an instructor follow up questions. Some of the advice in this book is patently false. For example, a three and a half minute demo tape? Most demos run one and a half to two minutes, tops. And the author gives the impression that you can make your own demo, when the industry demands a professionally produced tape or cd just to get an agent. It's not fair to say that all the information within this book is not useful, but I would place it a distant third behind the two fine books by Alburger and Elaine Clark.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Producer's-Eye View" of Voiceovers
    Don't start with this book, because you need to have a foundation of talent and craft before some of the things in here will begin to make sense. But if you've got some decent chops (from classes or perhaps by working through Susan Blu's "Word of Mouth" or Elaine Clark's "There's Money Where Your Mouth Is"), by all means profit from this excellent guide to the "externals" of voiceover work.

    I say "externals" because this book does not really focus on the inner journey that a voice actor must undertake to become skillful: the acting techniques, like relaxation, concentration, visualization, and so forth. But there are other books that cover such things (including the two mentioned above).

    Where this book shines is in describing the real-world environment in which voice actors must work, a world in which producers and directors have a sense of what they want (i.e., "be more conversational"), and whether or not they are getting it, but lack the ability to guide the talent very far in precisely how to achieve it. But, as the author himself admits, "The purpose of this book is to explain what to do with your voice talent once you have it."

    Douthitt outlines a "4-Point Plan to Success" at the outset of the book:

    1. Competitive abilities (you are as good as the people already doing the work);

    2. Proof of abilities (an outstanding demo tape);

    3. Connection to the work (learning about jobs, primarily through an agent); and

    4. Availability (you are close to the market and able to attend auditions, call-backs and recording sessions throughout the business day).

    This theme is carried throughout the remainder of the text.

    If there is an overall message to this book, it is, "Be realistic." Douthitt makes it clear that it takes a lot of commitment and dedication to succeed in this field. But he also makes it clear that lots of mere mortals are doing it.

    Because of Douthitt's background as an engineer, the technical discussions in this book are accurate and helpful - which sets it apart from most other books on the subject. The book reads very well, no doubt reflecting the contribution of editor Tom Wiecks. The book provides depth in more specialized fields, such as industrial narration, that receive little notice elsewhere.

    The author's sense of humor (he would probably call it healthy cynicism) is evident throughout. A priceless pair of diagrams on pages 87 and 88 depict recording session hierarchy: "how it's supposed to work" and "how it often works." The first diagram sets out a neat, orderly chain of command starting from client through agency people through producer to engineer to talent. The second, however, shows a chaotic arrangement of people and arrows, all of which point to the engineer and the talent. "Plan to do seven takes for every 'director' in the room," Douthitt dryly notes. (Later in the book, on page 204, he invites the reader to try voicing the same airline tag with 70 -- yes, 70 -- different one-word directions taken from actual studio sessions, including such helpful gems as "patriotic," "babyish," and "like a cat would say it." Talk about frying your brain!)

    An excellent book and much-needed in the field.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The "Bible" For The Voice-Over Profession
    After reading and then re-reading Mr. Chris Douthitt's "Voiceovers: Putting Your Mouth Where The Money Is," I am pleased to have the opportunity to share my feelings regarding this wonderful, essential tool for the commerical voice talent. The voice-over profession is stimulating and exciting, but can be somewhat confusing for a beginnng and intermediate-level talent. Why? Because the majority of the information one needs to be a successful performer can be difficult to obtain. Mr. Douthitt gathers it all together for you, and puts it into an easy-to-understand format. I firmly believe this publication is THE textbook, the "Bible" for the voice-over business. And because this is a business, Mr. Douthitt is exceptionally candid about what one can expect regarding the commercial voice-over talent's moneymaking potential. The author wants the reader to really consider whether or not this profession is the right one for him/her (there is a considerable start-up cost involved--believe me, I found out quickly!), and provides advice on honing one's talents and abilities. "Voice-Overs: Putting Your Mouth Where The Money Is" gives practial, valuable advice on producing your demo tape; do's and dont's for the talent; what to expect at the recording session. The book also introduces the reader to the studio, and details the roles of all the professionals involved in creating a voice-over spot (from the writer to the engineer to the ad agency to the agent to the TALENT to the client). "The copywriter is the architect of the ad. The talent is the carpenter. The script is the blueprint. The studio engineer provides all the construction materials." Also being a writer, I LIKE that passage! Mr. Douthitt also provides sample scripts which he analyzes, and that the reader can practice. And, the glossary is extremely helpful. Before reading this book, I had voice-over training. However, this publication has proven to be an essential tool if I wish to be really successful. And, isn't that what you want? To conclude, this marvelous textbook is a witty, entertaining read. I sincerely hope I have the opportunity to work with the author one day. Mr. Douthitt--thanks for shining a bright light on the voice-over world!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good info, but beginners may want to look elsewhere
    This has some excellent information on getting an agent, a demo tape, and some real inside dope on the business. It's also clear, and well-written. However, if you're like me--a complete novice--I'd suggest you look elsewhere. The authors (correctly) tell you to take voice lessons, and while they have a few helpful excerises, the book isn't much good for actually helping a beginner develop his or her talent. It's telling that the chapter on money comes two chapters before the one on "Getting Talented." In other words, the book is great for career advice and technical advice about the business, but not so great on helping one develop the tools to get there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The book to buy if you want a complete intro to the field.
    Chris Douthitt's book is the one to buy if you want a complete introduction to the voice-over business. Rather than try to teach you how to be talented (which would be a specious claim at best), Douthitt carefully describes each aspect of a voice actor's career so that you can see if your talent and motivation are a good fit. His humorous and succinct manner make the book a breeze to read and re-read--you can use it as an introduction or as a quick review. I've had the good fortune of meeting and working with the author subsequent to the publication of this book; he's a highly knowledgeable, experienced, talented voice-over engineer-artist. If you have any interest in this field at all, Mr. Douthitt is an excellent resource--and his book is a must-buy! ... Read more


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