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The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radioby Christopher H. (edt) Sterling
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Book News Annotation:
Radio is an often under-appreciated mainstay of our lives, as the essays in this excellent reference work remind us. Writing on the companies, rules, shows, and history of the media, the entries focus on the broadcasting aspect of radio. A sampling of the entry topics includes American Federation of Musicians, the Fairness Doctrine, pay radio, politics and radio, regulation, sports on radio, and suspense. Other entries provide the history of specific radio stations--such as KOB in Las Cruces/Albuquerque, KPFA in Berkeley, and KWKH in Shreveport--with descriptions of their shows, audience, announcers, owners, and format. This concise edition is derived from the 3v. 2003 edition, in updated form, with over a dozen new entries. A second volume will contain radio biographies. Sterling is at George Washinton U.; his assistant editor is Cary O'Dell (Library of Congress film and recorded sound division). The consulting editor is Michael C. Keith (Boston College). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The average American listens to the radio three hours a day. In light of recent technological developments such as internet radio, some argue that the medium is facing a crisis, while others claim we are at the dawn of a new radio revolution. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio is an essential single-volume reference guide to this vital and evolving medium. It brings together the best and most important entries from the three-volume Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio, edited by Christopher Sterling.
Comprised of more than 300 entries spanning the invention of radio to the Internet, The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio addresses personalities, music genres, regulations, technology, programming and stations, the golden age of radio and other topics relating to radio broadcasting throughout its history. The entries are updated throughout and the volume includes nine new entries on topics ranging from podcasting to the decline of radio. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio include 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.
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