Something in the Air

Something in the Air

Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped A Generation

Book - 2007
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An anecdotal history of radio, set against the backdrop of the rise of America's new youth culture from the 1950s through the 1970s, reveals how the older radio technology survived the onslaught of American television by becoming a key factor in the battle between generations.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xviii, 374 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780375509070
Branch Call Number: 384.540973 Fis


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Jul 26, 2010

A pretty good book and a good choice for anyone who is interested in the radio business. I think it'll have more resonance for the over-50 crowd but younger people who wonder what we old geezers are on about all the time might also find it worthwhile.

It traces the commercial radio business in the US from the early network days, through the dominance of Top 40, the short-lived "free-form" experiments of the 1960s, and on to AOR, talk radio and the demographically-specific computerized stations of today.

Caveats: It's a huge topic, so the book can only address the big picture. It zeros in on a few trend setters (usually from New York,) but if you're looking for a mention of a particular station that you fondly remember, you probably won't find it. (hint: check the web; you'd be amazed at how much information is available on old radio stations.)

Also, there is essentially nothing about Canada. Not even CKLW rates a mention. A little disappointing, but many of the trends were more or less the same so it's still relevant.

Finally, I could have done without the chapter on 'shock jocks' - if you're short on time and the book is due, that's the part to skip!

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