Best Radio Reference Books

Here you will get Best Radio Reference Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.


Author: by Miranda Powell
Independently published
95 pages

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Most recent edition (third).

3. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

Author: by John Dunning
Oxford University Press
840 pages

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Now long out of print, John Dunning’s Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting. Now, in On the Air, Dunning has completely rethought this classic work, reorganizing the material and doubling its coverage, to provide a richer and more informativeaccount of radio’s golden age.

Here are some 1,500 radio shows presented in alphabetical order. The great programs of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s are all here-Amos ‘n’ Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Lone Ranger, Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour, and The March of Time, to name only a few.

For each, Dunning provides acomplete broadcast history, with the timeslot, the network, and the name of the show’s advertisers. He also lists major cast members, announcers, producers, directors, writers, and sound effects people-even the show’s theme song. There are also umbrella entries, such as “News Broadcasts,” whichfeatures an engaging essay on radio news, with capsule biographies of major broadcasters, such as Lowell Thomas and Edward R.Murrow.

4. The Top 100 Classic Radio Shows

Author: by Carl Amari
Portable Press

224 pages

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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. Audio CD run times: CD1: 58:26 CD2: 59:05 CD3: 54:22 Total: 2:51:53

5. The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television: A Blow-by-Blow History from 1921 to 1964

Author: by Frederick V. Romano
432 pages

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Radio and television broadcasting were as important to the growth and popularity of boxing as it was to the reshaping of our very culture. In The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television, Frederick V. Romano explores the many roles that each medium played in both the development and the depiction of the sport.

Principal among the topics covered are the ever-changing role of technology during the four-decade-plus period, how it impacted the manner in which the sport was presented to its public audience, the exponential growth of those audiences, and the influence radio and television had on the financial aspects of the sport, including the selective use of radio and television and the financial boom that the mediums created.

The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television also assays radio and boxing during World War II, the role of organized crime, and the monopolistic practices during the television era. Romano also presents a detailed account of announcers such as Don Dunphy and Ted Husing who brought the action to the listeners and viewers, the many appearances that boxers including Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, and Rocky Marciano made on radio and television when they were not in the ring, and the mediums’ portrayal of the sport in an array of programming from drama to comedy.

6. Oscilloscopes for Radio Amateurs

Author: by ARRL Inc.
128 pages

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Add a Scope to Your Ham ShackOscilloscopes are a useful tool in the world of electronics, allowing radio amateurs to see the signals inside their equipment. With personal computers and today’s technologies, a variety of analog, digital or hybrid scopes are available to hams for solving problems and testing new ideas in home workshops.

Oscilloscopes for Radio Amateurs is filled with practical information you ll need for using a scope. It begins with an overview of the oscilloscope and continues on to discuss characteristics, applications, probes, controls, and input modes. If you re considering adding this piece of test equipment to your ham shack, there is an explanation of scope specifications and features to help you select an oscilloscope that is right for you.

Includes:Why Get an Oscilloscope? A Little HistoryEvery Scope Has These ElementsProbes and AccessoriesScope Sections in DetailInput ModesLet s Put a Scope to WorkIf You Are Going to Buy One SpecificationsSoftware Oscilloscopes Capable and FreeReviews of Several Current Models

7. Raised on Radio

Author: by Gerald Nachman
October 17, 2012

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For everybody “raised on radio”and that’s everybody brought up in the thirties, forties, and early fiftiesthis is the ultimate book, combining nostalgia, history, judgment, and fun, as it reminds us of just how wonderful (and sometimes just how silly) this vanished medium was.

Of course, radio still existsbut not the radio of The Lone Ranger and One Man’s Family, of Our Gal Sunday and Life Can Be Beautiful, of The Goldbergs and Amos ‘n’ Andy, of Easy Aces, Vic and Sade, and Bob and Ray, of The Shadow and The Green Hornet, of Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, and Baby Snooks, of the great comics, announcers, sound-effects men, sponsors, and tycoons.

In the late 1920s radio exploded almost overnight into being America’s dominant entertainment, just as television would do twenty-five years later. Gerald Nachman, himself a product of the radio yearsas a boy he did his homework to the sound of Jack Benny and Our Miss Brookstakes us back to the heyday of radio, bringing to life the great performers and shows, as well as the not-so-great and not-great-at-all.

8. The ARRL General Class License Manual: For Ham Radio (Arrl General Class License Manual for the Radio Amateur)

Author: by ARRL Inc.
Amer Radio Relay League
304 pages

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The ARRL Amateur Ham Radio License manual for the General Class. For Exams taken between July 1 2011 thru June 30 2015. All exam questions with answers & detailed explinations. Includes practice exam software CD.

9. The CBS Radio Mystery Theater: An Episode Guide and Handbook to Nine Years of Broadcasting, 1974-1982

Author: by Gordon Payton
McFarland & Company
485 pages

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Almost every evening for nine years during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre brought monsters, murderers and mayhem together for an hour. Created, produced and directed by Himan Brown, the series remains a landmark in radio drama.

This book is a detailed history and episode guide to the show. Descriptive information includes exact titles, airdates and rebroadcast dates, episode numbers, cast lists, writer and adapter credits, and a storyline synopsis. This material comes directly from CBS press releases in order to insure complete accuracy.

Also included wherever possible are information about the actors and actresses, quotes from performers and writers (many from personal interviews), anecdotes about various scripts and sound effects, and other notes of interest.

10. Broadcast Announcing Worktext, Fourth Edition: A Media Performance Guide

Author: by Alan Stephenson
Focal Press
347 pages

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The Broadcast Announcing Worktext provides you with the skills, techniques, and procedures necessary to enter this highly competitive field of broadcast performance. In addition to the principles of good performance, this book addresses the importance of audience and how to communicate effectively to various groups.

Television and radio studio environments, announcer specializations and responsibilities, and developing a broadcast delivery style are just a few of the many topics covered. Factual information is presented in brief, easy-to-digest modules and is enhanced with self-study questions and projects.

The self-study provides an immediate check on what you learn, and the projects allow for a practical hands-on application of key concepts in the material. The worktext format, with many real-life examples, combines both traditional teaching and practical experience. A companion CD illustrates techniques and concepts in each chapter with audio and visual examples.

This third edition will give you knowledge of other non-traditional forms of announcing, such as online radio announcing, podcast announcing, and other forms of online announcing, such as online shows, clips, and news. New coverage of internet radio announcing techniques and other forms of distribution gives the readers a broader view of broadcast outlets * Presented in brief, easy-to-digest modules with self-study questions and projects that encourage active participation * CD with samples of broadcast and radio performaces for enhanced learning

11. ARRL Operating Manual

Author: by ARRL Inc.

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The fifth edition features new and updated material. Highlights include…… A thoroughly revised discussion of receiving antennas. You ll discover how to greatly enhance their operational bandwidth. In addition, low-signal transformers for Beverages and other receive-only antennas are analyzed in great detail, along with effective common-mode filters….

A new examination of phased arrays, with new concepts such as the hybrid-fed 4-square array and opposite-voltage feed system. This is a must-read for every serious antenna builder!… Dozens of new propagation maps based on DX Atlas, as well as an in-depth analysis of the influence of sunspot cycles on 160-meter ducting….

A new discussion of cutting edge technology including Software Defined Radio and the revolutionary LP-500 Digital Station Monitor.

12. Lost or Forgotten Oldies Introduction: Hit Records from 1955 to 1989 that the Radio Seldom Plays

Author: by Rembert N Parker
84 pages

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How can you search for oldies you want to hear when you’ve forgotten them? Radio doesn’t play a lot of those oldies anymore, even though you would enjoy hearing them again. This book offers you access to over 150 links to YouTube videos for Lost or Forgotten Oldies as well as history about the artists and their songs.

Here are some examples of the music history and trivia you’ll find in Lost or Forgotten Oldies, starting with this Introduction to the series: Doo-wop, Country, R&B, instrumentals, and novelty records that made the top forty but are now ignored by most radio stations.

A mother who paid $100 to get a demo made for her son’s group. A record that was a remake of a foxtrot instrumental from 1937. An artist whose biggest hit was released using another singer’s name. A record inspired by a woman dancing in front of a concert stage.

A group that had the least successful charting single from the Hair. A singer that Bill Cosby tried to blacklist. A group that took their name from a 1967 television western. A group that was discovered and produced by The Duke Of Earl.

13. The New York Old-Time Radio Schedule Book: Volume 3, 1946-1954

Author: by Keith D. Lee
518 pages

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This is Volume 3 of a 3 Volume set. Rediscover radio as it was broadcast during the Golden Age. From shows fondly remembered to those long forgotten, this was the experience of days spent listening to the radio during the early part of the past century.

This three-volume set, researched and compiled by author Keith D. Lee, features published radio listings from New York City from 1929 through 1954, for the four major networks and their local New York affiliates.

14. The New York Old-Time Radio Schedule Book: Volume 2, 1938-1945

Author: by Keith D. Lee
474 pages

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This is Volume 2 of a 3 Volume set. Rediscover radio as it was broadcast during the Golden Age. From shows fondly remembered to those long forgotten, this was the experience of days spent listening to the radio during the early part of the past century.

This three-volume set, researched and compiled by author Keith D. Lee, features published radio listings from New York City from 1929 through 1954, for the four major networks and their local New York affiliates.