The Airwaves of New York

Illustrated Histories of 156 AM Stations in the Metropolitan Area, 1921–1996


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About the Book

From its inception in New York City, radio dramatically changed the city. The five boroughs became, in some ways, more united through the medium, as common concerns were aired and given wider attention. But as radio focused more on entertainment, the city lost the last of its small town origins, as people left the front stoop for the living room.
This heavily illustrated history traces the development and influence of AM radio in the New York metropolitan area, as well as providing technical data and program schedules of the stations.

About the Author(s)

Bill Jaker is senior producer for WSKG Public Broadcasting in Binghamton, New York.
The late Frank Sulek was a radio producer for the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
Peter Kanze co-produced the BBC/Billboard series Twenty-five Years of Rock, managed WARY-FM at Westchester Community College and is retired as a studio engineer for the ABC Radio Network.

Bibliographic Details

Bill Jaker , Frank Sulek and Peter Kanze
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 215
Bibliographic Info: 68 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3872-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0878-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joe Franklin      vii
Acknowledgments      ix
Introduction      1


Appendix: New York Sports on the Radio      193
Selected Bibliography      195
Index      197

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Thorough…informative…interesting”—Reference Reviews
  • “Valuable”—Radio Recall
  • “Useful…a model of such a work”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly
  • “A substantial amount of old time radio history, well presented, about some of America’s pioneer broadcasting stations”—North American Radio Archives
  • “First-rate…chronicles every city station from 1921 to 1996”—New York Daily News
  • “A must for anyone who is intrigued by radio’s mystery and magic”—Essex News Weekly
  • “Any devotee of old-time radio will get a kick out of [this]…a lavish pictorial history”—Small Market Radio Newsletter
  • “In-depth…describes the changes that took place in programming over the years and their influence on the entire country”—The Viking News.