- By JohnDunning

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

  • Title: On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio
  • Author: JohnDunning
  • ISBN: 9780195076783
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the Air The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio Here are some radio shows presented in alphabetical order The great programs of the s s and s are all here Amos n Andy Fibber McGee and Molly The Lone Ranger Major Bowes Original Amat

    Here are some 1,500 radio shows presented in alphabetical order The great programs of the 30s, 40s, and 50s are all here Amos n Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Lone Ranger, Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour, and The March of Time, to name only a few For each, Dunning provides a complete broadcast history, with the timeslot, the network, and the name of the showHere are some 1,500 radio shows presented in alphabetical order The great programs of the 30s, 40s, and 50s are all here Amos n Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Lone Ranger, Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour, and The March of Time, to name only a few For each, Dunning provides a complete broadcast history, with the timeslot, the network, and the name of the show s sponsors He lists major cast members, announcers, producers, directors, writers, and sound effects people even the show s theme song There are also umbrella entries, such as News Broadcasts, which features an engaging essay on radio news, with capsule biographies of major broadcasters like Lowell Thomas and Edward R Murrow Equally important, Dunning provides a fascinating account of each program, taking us behind the scenes to capture the feel of the performance, such as the ghastly sounds of Lights Out a horror drama where heads rolled and bones crunched , and providing engrossing biographies of the main people involved in the show.

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    1. It has taken me a few years to get all the way through this, mostly a combination of only reading it in bookstores while waiting for someone (hey, it costs $60!). Finally, I ended up working in a bookstore and just bought- Thanks Employee Discount! It is dense, geeky work for anyone who truly considers themselves a fan of old time radio fo rothers it may be more of a slog, interspersed with non-sloggish revelations (hey, Hans Conried really worked man! Okay, that was a bit geeky). This is the ma [...]

    2. I have this book (1976) and use it as a reference. It may be signed but it is still packed away so can not confirm. A great resource.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Met Mr. Dunning at his now defunct Denver bookshop 'Old Algonquin Books'. Wonderful man. Have read several of his detective novels. Since I can not review podcasts on this site I picked this tome to get me to my review of the 1930s radio serial 'Magic Island'. (See archive/details/OTRR_Magi )'Magic Island'Listened to a children's radi [...]

    3. I love old time radio shows, and have a collection on DVD's of over 30,000 shows. While many of them are well known, there are a lot of shows from the era where I only ahve the title of the show and the original air date. That's where this book comes in to help me out - it is jam-packed with the history of the show, actors, you name it. It is well-researched and an invaluable reference if you enjoy old time radio.

    4. If you're looking for a great resource for information about Old Time Radio programs, stars, episodes and other facts, look no further. A massive volume, On the Air outlines so many radio programs, it seems nearly impossible to ever listen to all of them, but it presents an interesting challenge. My library owns a copy and I frequently check it out for information on obscure radio programs that isn't even available online.

    5. The most comprehensive Encyclopedia about Old Time Radio Shows I have read. I am an avid OTR fan and this book is the go-to source for information about over 1500 shows including summary, cast, dates, producers, singers, orchestra leaders, comparison's to other shows, and facts. A wonderful encyclopedia.

    6. John Dunning's On The Air is on the short list of reference works that "golden age" radio fans swear by, but apart from the expected dates and cast lists, the majority of the entries are excellent reading, too. It was well worth the price buying the hardcover at $50, so finding the e-editions for $20-25 almost feel like getting away with something.

    7. Would give it 4.5 stars.Just what the title says -- facts, figures, and commentary on 1,500+ radio shows from the 1920s to the 1970s. Very detailed and interesting. Might be nice to own.If you're interested in this stuff, be sure to try the Dumb "Old Time Radio" web site or mobile-phone app. Has ZILLIONS of shows and great bunch of remote broadcasts of Big Band appearances.

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