Radio in the Movies
A History and Filmography, 1926–2010
About the Book
This richly detailed examination of two branches 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 2006’s A Prairie Home Companion. Cinematic portrayals of various aspects of radio are covered, including disc jockeys, sports broadcasts, religious programs, and the talk-radio format. Such films as The Big Broadcast (1932), Reveille with Beverly (1943), Mister Rock and Roll (1957), WUSA (1970), Radio Days (1987) and Private Parts (1997) provide fascinating insights not only into their own times, but also into the historical eras that some of these films have endeavored to recreate.
A chronological filmography of more than 600 titles is included.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, filmography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
Table of Contents
Foreword by Kenneth Jurkiewicz 1
1. On the Air, at the Movies, and How It All Began 11
2. Cowboys, Pirates, Zombies, Murderers: Radio Film Themes 40
3. Alan Freed, Rock ’n’ Roll, and the American DJ 66
4. 82 Years of Radio Sports Broadcasting on the Screen 102
5. “Station G-O-D”: Religion, Radio, and Film 138
6. “Play ‘Misty’ for Me”: Psychos on the Air 149
Book Reviews & Awards
“the first book on the topic…here is a film book for radio fans”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly.