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by John Dunning


The entries, listed alphabetically by show title, each contain a treasure trove of information?broadcast dates, casts and personnel, anecdotes, special analyses, and a detailed overview of each show's background, format, and content. As he did in Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Prentice Hall, 1976), Dunning here provides a storehouse of information about the people and programs of radio's Golden Age (1930s, 1940s, 1950s).

Now long out of print, John Dunning's Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio .

Now long out of print, John Dunning's Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting.

John Dunning (born January 9, 1942) is an American writer of non-fiction and detective fiction. He is known for his reference books on old-time radio and his series of mysteries featuring Denver bookseller and ex-policeman Cliff Janeway. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, Dunning moved to his father's hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, at the age of three

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This book is a must-have for Old-Time Radio fans Now long out of print, John Dunning's Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting.

This book is a must-have for Old-Time Radio fans. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio by John Dunning was published in 1998.

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio Tune in Yesterday. This book is a work of fiction. Dunning, John, 1942-The bookman’s promise: a Cliff Janeway novel/John Dunning. New York London Toronto Sydney. 1230 Avenue of the Americas. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. p. cm. 1. Janeway, Cliff (Fictitious character)-Fiction.

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1998

On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1998. Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime (novel), Scribner's (New York, NY), 2001. Cliff janeway" mystery series.

Now long out of print, John Dunning's Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting

Now long out of print, John Dunning's Tune in Yesterday was the definitive one-volume reference on old-time radio broadcasting.

John Dunning in his reference work, On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, wrote that the . Dunning wrote: "Feg Murray hosted and Ozzie helped with interviews. This never generated much excitement: it failed after a single season.

John Dunning in his reference work, On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, wrote that the Nelsons "were young and attractive, and their music - lighthearted and melodious - was what America wanted in the Depression. Run Dates: October 3, 1937 – June 26, 1938. Once again, Grauer was the announcer References.

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 informative account 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 a complete 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," which features an engaging essay on radio news, with capsule biographies of major broadcasters, such as Lowell Thomas and Edward R. Murrow. Equally important, Dunning provides a fascinating account of each program, taking us behind the scenes to capture the feel of the performance, such as the ghastly sounds of Lights Out (a horror drama where heads rolled and bones crunched), and providing engrossing biographies of the main people involved in the show. A wonderful read for everyone who loves old-time radio, On the Air is a must purchase for all radio hobbyists and anyone interested in 20th-century American history. It is an essential reference work for libraries and radio stations.
Alsanadar
I've had a copy of John Dunning's "Tune in Yesterday" for years and considered it THE resource of information on old-time radio programs...until I bought "On the Air," which is essentially a total overhaul of "Tune in Yesterday" with rewritten text PLUS each program's broadcast history and cast members. As an old-time radio nut for decades (and someone in the planning stages of putting three hours of OTR shows on shortwave every night), this is easily the best directory of over 1,500 shows spanning from the 1920's into the 1980's, from the "A&P Gysies" to the "Ziegfeld Follies of the Air." They're almost all here.

Rather than replace "Tune in Yesterday" with this volume (or not buy "Tune in Tomorrow" at all), I'd advise people who are really into old-time radio to own both as companion pieces. If you prefer to buy just one or the other, I'd say but this one. It'll be a little more expensive than a lot of books about old-time radio, but it's worth it. Just consider "On the Air" the Bible (or Koran or Dhammapada or Bhagavad Gita) of Old-Time Radio.
Frlas
For fans of old radio, or those who want to see more about the famous famous shows or what trends there were, this is a great resource. Not only are the famous shows and performers seen, but you see the failures and the obscure, the shows that supported the war effort, the shows that were part of trends (such as soap operas, kid adventure shows and the glut of Hollywood movie recreations) and the shows that even were ahead of their time to feature blacks and women. Lots of great details on times, networks and sponsors, as well as pioneers of the industry. A great overview history lesson in a subject quite forgotten (and whose products can be sampled easily now online, especially samples given through this book). A great, entertaining and informative book.
Shakar
This book introduced me to a world I did not know well. I was born as it was dying. My memories of the originals were those of a very small child, in the car riding somewhere late at night with my parents. I remember pieces of Dragnet, Gunsmoke, and other programs crackling over the car radio as I drifted off to sleep. I never forgot them, though. When this book appeared, I read it eagerly. It filled in so many blank spots and created many new questions only listening to the originals can answer. Thankfully, the Internet, satellite radio, etc make that possible. This book is a necessary compliment to my ears and my childhood memories. My highest recommendation.
FireWater
The Kindle version is over 34,000 locations. The amount of information is staggering, and very informative. The author is quite open that some is factual, but considering memories at this stage, some of the information is a bit more shaky. I appreciate that sort of honesty.

The Abbott & Costello and Jack Benny sections are great.

The Fibber McGee and Molly section is wonderful describing their trials and tribulations on the radio. It really was a different time with the media, when they explain why Molly went off the air for 18 months. That could never have been hidden now.

Burns and Allen tells the story well of their love story. How Gracie got "discovered" is a strong read.

Hopalong Cassidy - the actor cleaned up his live to match the character he played.

I never knew that Gunsmoke was a radio show first. Or that there were so much more open about the relationship between Marshall Dillon and Kitty.

Have Gun Will Travel is interesting that it went from TV to radio. Though the author is wrong about the relationship between Paladin and Hey Boy - at least on the TV show. If that is the way it was on the radio show, they certainly missed one of the charms of the TV show.

I Love a Mystery - the show that led to a formal protest from the Nicaraguan government (!). Were they trying to protect the real Temple of Vampires?

I'm not at all surprised that Gene Autry kept getting fired from jobs, because he couldn't stop singing.

The Hour of Charm is really interesting to read about, as it had an all-girl orchestra. And the restrictions on them were remarkable - their contracts said they couldn't get married, weigh over 122 lbs. and if they wanted to date it had to be approved by a 5 woman committee.

As a child who grew up with 30's and 40's cartoons, a lot of their dialogue makes more sense, as I read the book and the various catchphrases.
Manris
Though I'm a child of the TV age and was not alive when those classic radio comedy, drama and variety programs were the country's source of electronic entertainment, I enjoy hearing rebroadcasts of these programs on my daily commute via XM radio. A desire to learn more about these programs led me to this book, and it was just what I was looking for.

Just about every series that aired on one of the four major radio networks, along with many syndicated programs and those on smaller regional networks, is listed with its first and final air dates, the times and days of the week it aired, its network and sponsor, and its primary actors. But what makes this book worth its weight in gold is the descriptions provided by Mr. Dunning of each program. Some of these descriptions are only a sentence or two, but the more famous programs are looked at in length. The reader is treated to literally pages of history, background, and highlights of those series (The Jack Benny Program takes up over seven double-column pages!), and it's in these that the affection and warmth Mr. Dunning has for his subject shines through. I easily find myself just browsing through this book.

If you love old-time radio or know somebody who is, get this book without delay!
On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio ebook
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John Dunning
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