Radio Speakers

Narrators, News Junkies, Sports Jockeys, Tattletales, Tipsters, Toastmasters and Coffee Klatch Couples Who Verbalized the Jargon of the Aural Ether from the 1920s to the 1980s—A Biographical Dictionary


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About the Book

In the days before television, radio was the constant voice in American life. When radio spoke, America listened—especially to the men and women who spoke directly to their unseen audience. Sometimes formal, sometimes as familiar as the friend next door, their presence filled the airwaves: announcers, newscasters, sportscasters, showbiz reporters, advice consultants, emcees and breakfast chatterboxes. These radio personalities became as popular and familiar as the most public faces of the time.
Here among profiles of more than 1100 “radio speakers” are famous names like George Ansbro, Red Barber, H.V. Kaltenborn, Dorothy Kilgallen, Edward R. Murrow, Louella Parsons, Walter Winchell and more. Also amply represented are hundreds of lesser known individuals who left indelible auditory impressions. Whether their fame was forever or fleeting, all were a part of the American voice during the grand epoch of network radio.

About the Author(s)

Jim Cox, a leading radio historian, is an award-winning author of numerous books on the subject. A retired college professor, he lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bibliographic Details

Jim Cox
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 368
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2007]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6086-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0739-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii
Preface      1


Appendix: More Who Spoke Radioese      323
Bibliography      331
Index      333

Book Reviews & Awards

“a labor of love…a wealth of information…recommended”—Choice; “a treasure trove…detailed…fascinating”—Radio Recall; “wonderful new resource…much new enlightening and fascinating information…extensive…a significant reference work”—OTR Bulletin Board; “valuable”—Air Check; “meticulously researched…a must have and must read…a really great reference work”—Chattanooga Airwaves; “a great job”—The Illustrated Press; “useful”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly.