For my first post for I Still Love Radio, I thought I'd put together a list of my favorite books about radio. Sure, I like listening to the radio just as much as the next guy, but what I really like is reading about radio. Thus, the following books range from general audience to academic and are listed in chronological order, with the newest title listed first. My criteria for putting them on a list like this are that they were enjoyable and informative to read the first time around, and that they’re worth returning to every now and then for reference or pleasure. Most of these titles are too old to be still circulating in public libraries, but many can be purchased affordably secondhand. My favorite places to start are any good local used bookstore or www.bookfinder.com.
Are there other titles that should be listed here? Are there any that shouldn’t? Please let me know . . .
Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped a Generation (2007) by Marc Fisher
Manipulating the Ether (1998) by Robert J. Brown
On The Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (1998) by John Dunning
Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952 (1997) by Michele Hilmes
On A Note of Triumph: Norman Corwin and the Golden Years of Radio (1986) (originally published as Norman Corwin and Radio: The Golden Years) by R. LeRoy Bannerman
Radio In The Television Age (1980) by Peter Fortanale & Joshua E. Mills