Thursday, September 15, 2011

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio
by John Dunning [R 791.44 Dun]

Incredibly detailed guide to all the old-time radio programs -- dramas, sitcoms, informational shows -- which aired from the 1920s through the 1960s. Although this guide only gives descriptions of the shows, without separate entries for performers or networks, the descriptions they offer for each show have far more detail than any other guide. Information provided includes the show's broadcast history, directors, producers, stars, orchestras, creators, and a long description of the basic plot and/or backstory for each of the dramas and comedies. Dunning provides an extensive bibliography of other books and articles on his topic, and the index at the back of the book is huge -- if you want to know which radio programs Lucille Ball appeared on with regularity, you'll find them all cross-referenced here. I have found this reference volume exceptionally helpful in answering questions about classic radio shows; the only complaint I would offer is that there are absolutely no illustrations in the entire 800+ page book! If you'd like to browse this volume, it is available only in the reference collection at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown! [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Encyclopedia of American Radio -- shorter descriptions, but more illustrations!.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ Old-Time Radio page on Wikipedia ]

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