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The A to Z of American Radio Soap Operas

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Book News Annotation:

The precursor to today's television soap operas, the radio soap opera enjoyed popularity in the U.S. from 1925 to 1960. Cox offers a reference text containing some 450 alphabetically-arranged entries including vignettes of the serials themselves; prominent individuals connected with their success; sponsors, advertising agencies, ratings services, and associated professional organizations; and other related topics that shed light on the aura and mystique of the genre. Also included are a chronology outlining the period, an introductory essay on the genre, an extensive bibliography, and a selection of b&w photographs of major radio soap stars. Cox has published eight books on American radio; he is a member of eight vintage radio clubs and regularly attends old-time radio conventions. Originally published under the title Historical dictionary of American radio soap operas. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The period from 1925 to 1960 was the heyday of the American Radio Soap Opera. In addition to being part of popular culture, the soap opera had important commercial aspects as well that were not only related to their production, but also to the desperate need to sell products or perish. Both sides of this story are traced in this comprehensive compendium. The dictionary section, made up of more than 500 cross-referenced entries, provides brief vignettes of the more popular and also less well-known _soaps,_ among them Back Stage Wife, Our Gal Sunday, Pepper Young's Family and The Guiding Light. Other entries evoke those who brought these programs to life: the actors, announcers, scriptwriters, networks, and even the sponsors. Nor are the basic themes, the stock characters and the gimmick, forgotten. The book's introduction defines the soap opera, examines the span of the radio serial, reviews its origins and its demise, and focuses on the character types that made up its denizens. The chronology outlines the period and the bibliography offers further reading. Together, these elements make a comprehensive reference work that researchers will find invaluable long into the future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810868335
Author:
Cox, Jim
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Subject:
Radio - Reference
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Communications-Radio
Edition Description:
Scarecrow Press
Series:
A to Z Guides
Series Volume:
50
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
8.40x5.40x.90 in. .95 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The period from 1925 to 1960 was the heyday of the American Radio Soap Opera. In addition to being part of popular culture, the soap opera had important commercial aspects as well that were not only related to their production, but also to the desperate need to sell products or perish. Both sides of this story are traced in this comprehensive compendium. The dictionary section, made up of more than 500 cross-referenced entries, provides brief vignettes of the more popular and also less well-known _soaps,_ among them Back Stage Wife, Our Gal Sunday, Pepper Young's Family and The Guiding Light. Other entries evoke those who brought these programs to life: the actors, announcers, scriptwriters, networks, and even the sponsors. Nor are the basic themes, the stock characters and the gimmick, forgotten. The book's introduction defines the soap opera, examines the span of the radio serial, reviews its origins and its demise, and focuses on the character types that made up its denizens. The chronology outlines the period and the bibliography offers further reading. Together, these elements make a comprehensive reference work that researchers will find invaluable long into the future.
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