Book Review * The Top 100 Classic Radio Shows by Carl Amari and Martin Grams, Jr.
Authors: ?Carl Amari and Martin Grams, Jr.
Hardcover: ?224 pages
Publisher: ?Portable Press (November 1, 2017)
Genre: ?Nonfiction biography
Ages: ?All ages
Purchase: Online or at local retailers
Portable Press Describes The Top 100 Classic Radio Shows:
A compendium of the top radio shows from the golden age of Hollywood. This book is chock-full of fascinating facts and behind-the-scenes information about the best shows from every era including the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. Organized into six categories, you’ll learn tantalizing tidbits about the shows and talent who made them famous. Includes comedies, westerns, dramas, variety shows, mysteries and suspense, sci-fi and superheroes. Settle into your easy chair and get ready to revisit the golden oldies, including?The Roy Rogers Show,?The War of the Worlds,?The Bob Hope Show,?The Shadow, and much more. Includes three audio CDs featuring one radio show from each genre, plus many more shows available to download.
The Critic Advises:
Many feel that eventually computers and readers will replace paper books. There is nothing like the experience of thumbing back and forth through printed pages of a good old-fashioned book. Avid readers, entertainment aficionados, history buffs, “The Top 100 Classic Radio Shows” is pure nostalgia.
This Reviewer’s Experience:
As I leaf through “The Top 100 Classic Radio Show” pages, I am impressed by the quality comprehensiveness of its contents. Pulp fiction Stella Dallas, tall tale?Fibber McGee’s closet, FCC intervention following the Mercury Theater’s War of the Worlds, the ominous laugh of?The Shadow, vigillante The Green Hornet, G. I. morale booster Bing Crosby, Sgt. Preston’s faithful Yukon King all take their places in broadcasting history because of quality writing, renown casting, and seasonings of creative innovation.
I grew up in a world of books and radio. ?I learned early on both how to read and how to listen. ?Looking back when I think how people gathered around the radio and watched it literally, I have to smile. ?With no visual images to carry programming, people listened. ?Then came TV and here in the U. S. A. the demise of most formats except news, talk, sports, and music. ?How uncreative! I marvel now because I never realized when TV ?invaded living rooms, that most of my favorite shows and favorite stars started in radio. ?Sitcoms like Amos and Andy,Ozzie and Harriet, Burns and Allen as well dramas like Dr. Kildare, Dragnet, Death Valley Days all had their roots in classic radio.
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