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A Child's Outline of the Golden Age of Radio 1930's-1940's

A CHILD’S OUTLINE OF THE

GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO IN AMERICA:

 

1930’s though the 1940’s

 

By Broomhandle Books

 

Shakespir Edition

Copyright 2017 Broomhandle Books

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, scanned, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system without the prior written permission of the publisher. All inquiries should be addressed to [email protected]

 

 

Foreword

 

Broomhandle Books created its Continuing Education Series to provide readers with thoughtful considerations on books read by others. Instead of the dashed off “reviews” one might find at retailers or club websites, the Continuing Education pieces are meant to provide a more in-depth consideration of the books themselves.

 

However, in this particular case, we found an outline of of the Golden Age of Radio in America and it’s influence in the 1930’s through the 1940’s that we thought could be a useful study guide for children or for anyone who may be exploring this period of history for the first time. This outline was written in a fairly simple and comprehensive way so that it would serve the purpose of young readers and/or those who have absolutely no familiarity with the basic situation inside and outside the U.S. during the years from the 1930’s through the 1940’s. At the very least, the outline contains basic information that will provide a student with appropriate information to launch a study of this period. If downloaded as a .doc or .txt file, it can be easily printed or uploaded to a separate file so notes can be added by the student.

 

For whatever purpose you may use this outline, we hope you find it useful. Enjoy!

 

The Editors at Broomhandle Books

April 15, 2017

 

 

A CHILD’S OUTLINE OF THE

GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO IN AMERICA:

 

1930’s though the 1940’s

 

Development of Radio (before the 1930’s)

First political use

1920

Presidential election

What the radio proved in this election

 

Commercialization

Statistics

Radio and newspaper competition

how the newspapers tried to stop the competition

the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ruling on the newspapers resolution

 

Types of Radio Programs

 

News

America’s new pastime

Reporting of World War II and other important events

Newsmen

Best news analysis

top news analyst: H.V. Kaltenborn

others

Best news commentators

Lowell Thomas

Gabriel Heatter: famous line “There is good news tonight.”

The importance of news during the war and depression

The influence of the news

 

Music

Musical shows

Audiences

Forms of music on the radio

 

Comedy

The Chase & Sanborn Hour

Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy

Mae West and Dorothy Lamour

Flood of parental complaints about this show to FCC

Bing Crosby Show

Allen’s Alley & Jack Benny Show

Always in a fight for best ratings

Best of friends who pretended hatred on air

Fibber McGee and Molly

Situation comedy

Closet routine

Amos and Andy

Longest running of any radio show of the period

Always top ratings

Major Bowes Amateur Hour

Burns and Allen

Easy Aces

Baby Snooks with Fanny Brice

Why Americans loved these shows most of all radio programming

Quiz Shows

Started in 1936 and gained popularity at the expense of music and educational lectures

Professor Quiz

First quiz show

because of its popularity, it spurred the growth of other quiz shows

Information Please

The Quiz Kids

The $64 Dollar Question

Variety Shows

Master of Ceremonies

Wide Variety of guests

Most popular guests

 

Soap Operas

Started in the 1930’s

Carried over into television programming

Popular Ones

Ma Perkins

Just Plain Bill

 

The Believability of Radio

 

Helen Trent

Soap Opera Star

Flooded with get well cards because a script said she had to be in hospital for three days

Orson Welles

War of the Worlds

Frightened thousands of people into believing an alien invasion was occurring

The Lone Ranger

 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Use of the Radio

 

Fireside Chats

Most effective of any other type of radio address

Restored direct contact between the government and the people

Conveyed FDR’s conception of himself as a man

FDR gave 8 radio addresses in his first term; 6 between 1933-1934

Influence on People

People saw FDR as a personal friend

FDR was everyone’s hero

 

Conclusion

 

American Radio as an Overall Influence

On People

Came at a time they needed it the most

Was a source for all news and information

In the World

Drew people in Europe much closer to people in the U.S.

U.S. population felt the hopes an fears of people in Europe and Asia

 

Bibliography

 

Adams, James Truslow, The March of Democracy, The Record of 1933-1941, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1955. pp. 98, 211, 248, 282

 

Beard, Charles A., The New Basic History of the United States, Doubleday & Co., Inc., Garden City, New York, 1960. pp. 348-350.

 

Commager, Henry S., Leuchtenburg, William E., Morrison, Samuel E., The Growth of the American Republic, Volume II, Oxford University Press, 1969, pp. 449, 467, 722.

 

Faulkner, Harold, America, Its History and People, Harper & Bros. Publishers, New York, 1938. p. 594

 

Leuchtenburg, William E., The New Deal and Global War, Time Inc., New York, 1964. pp. 58, 62-63, 96-97.

 

Perkins, Dexter, The New Age of Franklin Roosevelt, Rand McNally and Co., New York. 1957. pp. 8, 92.

 

Phillips, Cabell, From Crash to Blitz; 1929-1939, MacMillan Co., London, 1969. pp. 95, 411, 431-443.

 

Schlesinger, Arthur M., The Coming of the New Deal, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1958. pp. 12-13, 559, 572.

 

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Political and Social Growth of the United States: 1852-1933, MacMillan Co., New York, 1935. pp. 44, 451, 477

 

Wecter, Dixon, A History of American Life: The Age of the Great Depression: 1929-1941. pp. 231-233

 

Wirth, Fremont P., The Development of America, American Book Co., New York, 1937. pp. 569-570, 6685, 754

 

Wish, Harvey, Society and Thought in Modern America, David McKay Co. Inc., New York, 1962. pp. 452-453, 529-531

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A Child's Outline of the Golden Age of Radio 1930's-1940's

This Child’s Outline of the Golden Age of Radio is included in our Continuing Education Series to provide a useful basic study guide for children or for anyone who may be exploring this period of history for the first time. This outline was written in a fairly simple and comprehensive way so that it would serve the purpose of young readers and/or those who have absolutely no familiarity with the basic situation inside the U.S. during the years from the 1930's through the 1940's. If downloaded as a .doc or .txt file, it can be easily printed or uploaded to a separate file so notes can be added by the student who wishes to expand the outline into a comprehensive study guide.

  • ISBN: 9781370680818
  • Author: Broomhandle Books
  • Published: 2017-06-15 03:50:11
  • Words: 1228
A Child's Outline of the Golden Age of Radio 1930's-1940's A Child's Outline of the Golden Age of Radio 1930's-1940's