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Book Review: Radio Journalism in America
by Jim Cox
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6963-5
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-0119-9
8 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
272 pp. softcover (7 x 10)
Retail price $45.00
Orders only Tel : 800-253-2187
Book review by Martin Grams, Jr.
(From Radio Recall, December 2013)
"The history of radio news reporting recounts
and assesses the contributions of radio toward
keeping America informed since the 1920s. It
identifies distinct periods and milestones in
broadcast journalism and includes a biographical
dictionary of important figures who brought news to
That's how McFarland choose to describe the
book on the back cover. Not very intriguing. Since
it's known that the cover is what sells the book, the
first paragraph on the back should explain quickly
and simplistically what the book is about. After all,
most people browsing bookshelves won't bother
reading the second paragraph if the first paragraph
did not capture their attention.
On the plus side, my review here should correct
that oversight. By the time I got to page ten in this
book, I was addicted. The subject matter that might
seem trivial or too scholarly to the mainstream public
is a fascinating read and the best book Jim Cox has
written in the last few years. Everything from Face
the Nation to Meet the Press, the earliest
milestones in radio journalism is documented with
one anecdote to another.
Jim covers every aspect including
censorship (always humorous by today's standards
but also an education by itself), public opinion,
consequences both good and bad, new gadgetry
and how the evolution of technological equipment
changed the way news was delivered, the combats
and rivalries between the networks and much more.
Don't let the cover fool you. Order your copy of
this book today and you can thank me later.