Radio in the Movies

A History and Filmography, 2d ed.


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About the Book

This richly detailed examination of two forms of American entertainment focuses on the various ways that radio stations and air personalities have been depicted in motion pictures, from 1926’s The Radio Detective to more recent films like 2022’s Halloween Ends. Newly updated and revised chapters cover the cinematic portrayals of various aspects of radio, including disc jockeys, sports broadcasts, religious programs and abnormal personalities on the air.
Such films as The Big Broadcast (1932), Reveille with Beverly (1943), Mister Rock and Roll (1957), WUSA (1970), Radio Days (1987), Private Parts (1997), We Are Marshall (2006) and Straight Outta Compton (2015) provide fascinating insights into not only their own times but also the historical eras that some of these films have attempted to recreate.

About the Author(s)

The late Laurence Etling served as a professor of mass media at Valdosta State University after a career in radio, including with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Frank Barnas has served as an on-air radio personality across the U.S. He currently teaches collegiate courses in media studies and production.

Marie Barnas serves as the chair for the department of media arts at Middle Tennessee State University.

Bibliographic Details

Laurence Etling, Frank Barnas and Marie Barnas
Foreword by Chad Whittle

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 257
Bibliographic Info: filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9098-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5105-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by Chad Whittle 1
Introduction by Frank Barnas 5
One.  On the Air, at the Movies, and How It All Began 9
Two.  Fantastic and Horrifying Radio Film Themes 38
Three.  The DJ as Lead Actor 67
Four.  Radio Sports Broadcasting on the Screen 107
Five.  Religion, Radio, and Film 143
Six.  Abnormal Personalities on the Air 155
Filmography 181
Chapter Notes 231
Bibliography 237
Index 241