Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination

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U of Minnesota Press, Nov 30, 2013 - History - 434 pages
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Few inventions evoke such nostalgia, such deeply personal and vivid memories as radio—from Amos ’n’ Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern. Listening In is the first in-depth history of how radio culture and content have kneaded and expanded the American psyche.

But Listening In is more than a history. It is also a reconsideration of what listening to radio has done to American culture in the twentieth century and how it has brought a completely new auditory dimension to our lives. Susan Douglas explores how listening has altered our day-to-day experiences and our own generational identities, cultivating different modes of listening in different eras; how radio has shaped our views of race, gender roles, ethnic barriers, family dynamics, leadership, and the generation gap. With her trademark wit, Douglas has created an eminently readable cultural history of radio.

 

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I've just finished reading it. The authors proposal, set up at the intro, comes completly forward. It is very well written and articulated. I do hope the expectation expressed by the book end comes to ... Read full review

LISTENING IN: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern

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An informative and entertaining ride across the country and the radio dial from the 1920s to the present. Far from being simply TV's poor old mom, argues Douglas (Media and American Studies/Univ. of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Zen of Listening
22
The Ethereal World
40
Exploratory Listening in the 1920s
55
Tuning In to Jazz
83
Radio Comedy and Linguistic Slapstick
100
The Invention of the Audience
124
World War II and the Invention of Broadcast Journalism
161
The Kids Take Over Transistors DJs and Rock n Roll
219
The FM Revolution
256
Talk Talk
284
Why Ham Radio Matters
328
Is Listening Dead?
347
Notes
359
Index
391
Copyright

Playing Fields of the Mind
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Susan J. Douglas is professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and author of Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media.

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