- March 1, 2009
- Book Review: Ray Poindexter's Golden Throats
and Silver Tongues
In the Preface of Golden Throats and Siver Tongues, The Radio Announcers, the author, Ray Poindexter wrote in 1978
During radios glory years, I must have been an unusual kind of listener. I often liked to hear the announcer more than I did the other members of a radio show.
The announcers introduction of a program established the proper mood and setting for that which was to follow. And at the close, he wrapped it up and tied it together in a neat package He was the border, the frame, around the complete imaginary picture.
announcers have been virtually ignored It is my purpose to portray, partially, the significance of the roles they played. The hundreds of announcers included here represent the thousands who were actually there.
For most of the programs and the people listed in the book, a bibliographic entry is placed on their OTRRpedia webpage. For the programs, we list the pages from the book that reference these programs.
- Learned last night that Paul Harvey had died. Check his OTRRpedia page for info on his radio career and links to several obituaries and other websites.
- Book Review: Ray Poindexter's Golden Throats and Silver Tongues
- March 27, 2009
- Today, MSNBC announced the death of long time NBC news correspondent and commentator, Irving R. Levine. Check Irving R. Levines webpage on OTRRpedia to see his obituary and links to sites with some info on his work in radio.
- March 29, 2009
- Book Review: Five Directors - The Golden Years
From the Acknowledgments page:
The Directors Guild Oral History Program is dedicated to recording the memories of those DGA (Directors Guild of America) members who, as seminal figures in the development of film, television and radio, offer insight into an important segment of American cultural history.
The five chapters of this book published by The Scarecrow Press in 1998, provide us with biographies of these five giants from the history of Old Time Radio in essentially their own words. There are many details about the radio programs in which they directed, produced, written, etc. including the origin of many of these programs. Not only do we learn how these men became directors but we also read about their interactions with the stars, other producers and the advertising agencies. I would highly recommend this book for people interested in Old Time Radio.
Bibliographic entries for this book is provided on the OTRRpedia pages for not only the five distinguished directors but also for many of the other personalities and programs mentioned in the book.