SOUND AND FURY: An Informal History of Broadcasting by Francis Jr. Chase
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SOUND AND FURY: An Informal History of Broadcasting

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Pretty fascinating stuff, this history of the phenomena of broadcasting from 1997 to the present day. Sketches in the changing policies, the public service potentialities, and so on, then -- the early stations, their instigators, programs, growth and the chase that ensued, before laws were made; the gradual development of the big network and chain broadcasting, and the governmental tangles that resulted. On next to the types of shows, from the famous names of the '20's, -- Dr. Brinkley and his goat glands, Coughlin, Long's threat of dictatorship (all part of the radio picture) -- to the gradual formation of the modern patterns of broadcasting, announcers, political interpretations, presidential speeches, ""fireside chats"", people's forums, reporting, war broadcasting, soap operas, varieties, music, children programs, propaganda, the recent developments of frequency modulation (F. M.), facsimile broadcasting and television. Good coverage for the layman, enthusiast, expert or radio classes.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1942
Publisher: Harper