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Author Fisher, Marc.

Title Something in the air : radio, rock, and the revolution that shaped a generation / Marc Fisher.

Imprint New York : Random House, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    384.54 FIS    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    384.54 FIS    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xviii, 374 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-338) and index.
Contents Survivor -- The magic of radio -- Omaha morning -- Harlematinee -- The transistor under the pillow -- Booze, broads, bribes, Beatles -- Rebel -- Night people -- The jingle-jangle morning -- No static at all -- Playing the numbers -- Niche player -- Shock and awe -- Scattering seeds -- Full of sound and fury -- Back to the future -- Magic.
Summary When television became the next big thing in broadcast entertainment, everyone figured video would kill the radio star-and radio, period. But radio came roaring back with a whole new concept. Visionary entrepreneurs like Todd Storz pioneered the Top 40 concept, which united a generation. But it took trendsetting disc jockeys like Alan Freed, Murray the K, Wolfman Jack, Cousin Brucie, and their fast-talking, too-cool-for-school counterparts across the land to turn time, temperature, and the same irresistible hit tunes played again and again into the ubiquitous sound track of the fifties and sixties. The Top 40 sound broke through racial barriers, galvanized coming-of-age kids (scandalizing their perplexed parents), and provided the insistent, inescapable backbeat for times that were a-changin'. Along with rock-and-roll music came the attitude that would change the voice of radio forever, via the likes of raconteur Jean Shepherd, who captivated his loyal following of ╩║Night People╩║; the inimitable Bob Fass, whose groundbreaking Radio Unnameable inaugurated the anything-goes free-form style that would define the alternative frontier of FM; and a small-time Top 40 deejay who would ultimately find national fame as a political talk-show host named Rush Limbaugh. From Hunter Hancock, who pushed beyond the limits of 1950s racial segregation with rhythm and blues and hepcat patter, to Howard Stern, who blew through all the limits with a blue streak of outrageous on-air antics; from the heyday of summer songs that united carefree listeners to the latter days of political talk that divides contentious callers; from the haze of classic rock to the latest craze in hip-hop, Something in the Air chronicles the extraordinary evolution of the unique and timeless medium that captured our hearts and minds, shook up our souls, tuned in - and turned on - our consciousness, and went from being written off to rewriting the rules of pop culture. Disproving the notion that a new technology would wipe out old media, radio survived, changing itself and the nation. Book jacket.
Also includes information on AM radio, advertising, baseball, Beatles, black music, classical music, Clear Channel communications, deejays, country and western music, Raechel Donahue, Tom Donahue, drug culture, Federal Communications Commission Robert Morton Fass, FM radio, Internet, jazz, Hunter Hancock, jingles, Garrison Keillor, marijuana, Motown Records,, National Public Radio (NPR), oldies, Pacifica Foundation, popular songs, promotions, race music, records, rock and roll, satellite technology, satire, Jean Shepard, shock jocks, sound effects, sportscasts, station managers, talk radio, Vietnam War, WABC, etc.
Subject Radio broadcasting -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0375509070

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