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click to enlarge Cox, Jim., FRANK AND ANNE HUMMERT'S RADIO FACTORY: The Programs and Personalities of Broadcasting's Most Prolific Producers . . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003). Photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 236 pp.
~~~ Frank and Anne Hummert brought at least 125 separate series to the airwaves. The production dynasty over which they presided extended far beyond the serialized melodrama that became their trademark. Their genres also included music, mystery, juvenile adventure, quiz, sports, news, comedy and dramatic theater. The Hummerts tried to appeal to everyone’s tastes and probably influenced more old time radio listeners than anyone else. By the 1940s the twosome controlled four and a half hours of the national weekday broadcast schedule. This book explores the private lives and professional dealings of broadcasting’s most prolific creator-producers. There are five appendices: a list of all broadcast series that were created, adapted, supervised, augmented or influenced by the Hummerts; a list of the most active players among radio producers stemming from the Golden Age and their best-remembered titles; a collection of statements attributed to Frank or Anne that express their philosophy of broadcast programming; a chronology of defining moments in the Hummerts’ lives; and three sample programming schedules that give the reader a clear understanding of the Hummerts’ involvement in radio producing.

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click to enlarge Douglas, George H., THE EARLY DAYS OF RADIO BROADCASTING. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2001). Reprint of 1987 edition. Illustrations, bibliography, index, 236 pp.
~~~ Precisely how and why radio developed as it did is a fascinating story, told with authority in this book. Of interest to both the specialist and the general reader, this history concentrates on the years between 1920 and 1930 in the United States when radio was rapidly growing and changing. It covers all important areas in the development of the radio industry: business, programming, regulation, finance, the manufacturing of radio sets and equipment, the development of technology, the rise of networks, and the flowering of radio as a medium of entertainment and news.

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