Points on the Dial

Points on the Dial

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The golden age of radio is often recalled as a time when the medium unified the nation, when families gathered around the radios in homes across the country to listen to live, commercially sponsored network broadcasts. In Points on the Dial, Alexander Russo revises our understanding of radioa€™s past by revealing the hidden histories of production, distribution, and reception practices during this era, which extended from the 1920s into the 1950s. Russo brings to light a tiered broadcasting system with intermingling but distinct national, regional, and local programming forms, sponsorship patterns, and methods of program distribution. Examining a wide range of practices, including regional networking, sound-on-disc transcription, the use of station representatives, spot advertising, and programming aimed at homes with several radios, he not only recasts our understanding of the relationship between national networks and local stations but also charts the development of new ways of listeninga€”often distractedly rather than attentivelya€”that set the stage for radio in the second half of the twentieth century.common, so listeners could instantly move among stations, moods, and locations, thereby extending the feeling of self-determination and mastery associated with the automobile.93 In conjunction with this movement, car radio also offered aanbsp;...

Title:Points on the Dial
Author:Alexander Russo
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2010-01-20


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