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 Post subject: Shows ABOUT old radio
PostPosted: Aug Thu 09, 2012 12:54 am 
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I've recently become infatuated with Ken Burns' "Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio" and I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to get a great overview of radio history.
http://america.docuwat.ch/videos/single ... annel_id=0
(web-quality on a Russian server; original resolution DVDs are available via many regular outlets)

But I WANT MORE!

Does anyone have recommendations for other documentaries ABOUT old radio and its pioneers?


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PostPosted: Sep Sat 15, 2012 12:47 am 
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I remember seeing documentaries about both Philo Farnsworth and Powel Crosley. I think the Farnsworth one might have been on American Experience.


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I watched a documentary on Powel Crosley a few years back on PBS. It was called " Powel Crosley and the 20th Century" It sparked my interest in radios. I couldn't find it online though. Also, I read a book Called " Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation". Excellent book, got it for a penny from Amazon.


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 Post subject: Re: Shows ABOUT old radio
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Thanks for the Crosley reference, no longer a penny on Amazon, but not bad at Abes Books, gonna get it.

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 Post subject: Re: Shows ABOUT old radio
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HBO had one on many years ago, probably in the late eighty's called remembering radio don't know if it's still available anywhere but well worth a look.


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[quote="edison64"]HBO had one on many years ago, probably in the late eighty's called remembering radio don't know if it's still available anywhere but well worth a look.[/quote]

I think that series was "Remember When" With Dick Cavett.


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 Post subject: Re: Shows ABOUT old radio
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You are correct sir Remember when with Dick Cavett Also had an episode about vintage television


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I still remember when Cavett brought up the irony of one of the most popular radio programs involving a ventriloquist and his dummy which is customarily a act to be seen, as opposed to be heard. A listen to an otr recording of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy sets things straight.


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EdBishop, thanks for the original link. I found it on Netflix Instant and watched it today. Amazing how little I really knew about the early days of radio.


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There are a number programs on Youtube. Do a search on television manufacturing or radio manufacturing. I have watched some very interesting films, there is an exceptionally good one made by RCA in the 50's. Also some great stuff from the auto makers from the 30's to the 50's.



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