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New York City Radio Images Of America
New York City Radio Images Of America

New York City Radio Images Of America New York City’s extraordinary radio history, much like the story of the city itself, is a tale of strivers, dreamers, and ingenious risk takers. New York City Radio presents an unprecedented visual history featuring many of these timeless characters, including radio inventors Lee De Forest and Maj. Edwin Armstrong; entrepreneurs and trailblazers David Sarnoff, William Paley, Bernice Judis, and Hal Jackson; beloved heroes Dan Ingram, Frankie Crocker, and Alison Steele; controversial antiheroes Don Imus, Bob Grant, and Howard Stern; and many others. New York City Radio tells the story of the invention and perfection of the art of big-time, big-city radio broadcasting and the life and times of the most competitive, important, and exciting radio market in the country.

The Hits Just Keep On Coming The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Tops 40 Radio

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The Hits Just Keep On Coming by Ben Fong-Torres
ISBN 0879306645

This chatty history, presented 'like a radio show,' brings to light the inner workings of 40-odd years of old Top 40 radio. The format, so the legend goes, sprang from the mind of a radio programmer who watched a waitress spending her tip money to play the same songs More... over and over on a coffee-shop jukebox somewhere in the Midwest."

From the Publisher:
Buzzing with behind-the-scenes stories from Top 40 DJs -- many just as popular as the records they spun -- this lively blast from the past reflects the rhythmic pulse of Top 40 radio itself, where there was never a second of dead air. Anecdotal oral histories take you back to the rantings and ravings of dozens of "cooler rulers," like the Real Don Steele of "Boss Radio" fame, "fifth Beatle" Murray the K, WMCA Good Guy B. Mitch Reed, the colorful "Cousin Brucie," the inimitable Wolfman Jack, and the notorious Alan Freed. More than 130 photos put faces to the voices, while author Ben Fong-Torres guides you on a 40-year trek through radio stations all across the country -- where Top 40 and a whole generation grew up.
Backbeat Books, 2001
Soft Cover
Book Condition: New and Used available
The Hits Just Keep On Coming

Johnny Holliday From Rock To JockJohnny Holliday: From Rock To Jock
Johnny Holliday:
From Rock To Jock

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Johnny Holliday From Rock To Jock by Johnny Holliday
ISBN 158261461X

In a joyful and inspiring memoir, the pioneer Top 40 DJ retraces the steps that carried him from an "all black" R&B station in hometown Miami to his current 24 year tenure as radio play-by-play voice of the University of Maryland Terrapins football and basketball teams. Written with his friend, Stephen Moore, Johnny recalls his glory rock and roll DJ days in Cleveland, New York (where he worked with Murray the K), and San Francisco; his radio work in Washington, DC; his live coverage of nine Olympic Games for ABC Sports; and his adventures with family, close friends, and professional colleagues from Hank Aaron, Rick Barry, the Beatles, Howard Cosell, Joe DiMaggio, Ralph Friedgen, and Paul Hornung to Janis Joplin, the Joy Boys, Murray the K, Roger Miller, Sugar Ray Leonard, Morgan Wooten, and both Ted and Gary Williams, to name but a few. Foreword by Tony Kornheiser, Afterword by Dick Vitale.

"In Miami, in Rochester, in Cleveland, in New York, in San Francisco, in Washington, DC. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of kids in city apartments and suburban tract houses and rural barns tuned into Johnny Holliday, eager for his voice, knowing he was speaking just to them."
-- From the Foreword by Tony Kornheiser

"An exuberant account that will make you smile, and then laugh out loud. What a life!"
-- Cokie Roberts, ABC, NPR Radio

"Fascinating, and also historically significant... I guarantee you will enjoy this book."
--- Claude Hall, Radio Daily News

225+ pp * eight-page b/w photo insert
Sports Publishing, 2003
Hard cover
Book Condition: Brand New and Used available

The Airwaves
of New York
Airwaves of New York
Illustrated Histories of
156 AM Stations in the Metropolitan Area,

The Airwaves of New York

The Airwaves of New York:

Illustrated Histories of 156 AM Stations in the Metropolitan Area, 1921-1996

by Bill Jaker, Frank Sulek and Peter Kanze
ISBN 0786403438

Reader Review:
There are probably a dozen or so books that I've read and re-read cover to cover in one siting. I am adding Kanze and Sulek's to that pile, making it a super baker's dozen. It's a solid, well written text, highlighted with great pictures and memorabilia about radio's AM history in metro #1. My only regret for the radio historian is that there isn't one for all the other major metro areas like Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas. I look forward to their FM version. Gotta have it.
Bob Donnelly, Montclair NJ

(See Peter Kanze's Mic Collection on our Home Page.)

McFarland & Co Inc Pub, 1998
Hard cover
Book Condition: New

Monitor Take 2 Monitor: The Last Great Radio Show
Monitor: Take 2

Monitor Take 2 Monitor
Monitor: Take 2

Monitor Take 2

Monitor: Take 2

by Dennis Hart
ISBN 0786403438

From the Publisher:
This is the inside story of network radio's greatest program -- Monitor. Born in 1955 out of inspiration and desperation, "Monitor" became a smash hit with audiences and advertisers. The NBC weekend extravaganza -- which started as a 40-hour long program -- featured big-name hosts such as Dave Garroway, Hugh Downs, Frank Blair, Frank McGee, Gene Rayburn, David Wayne, Ed McMahon, Henry Morgan, Mel Allen, Monty Hall, David Brinkley, Hal March, Barry Nelson, Jim Lowe, Joe Garagiola, Murray the K, Bill Cullen and many others. Broadcasting from mammoth NBC studios called "Radio Central," Monitor featured a continuous flow of news, sports, comedy, variety and live remotes from around the country and around the world. It also featured "Miss Monitor," who gave weather forecasts in a way no one had ever heard before. Monitor was the first network radio show designed for a mobile audience -- listeners could tune in wherever they were, at any time during the weekend, and hear something "new and different" every few minutes. For nearly 20 years, Monitor kept listeners in instantaneous touch with anything of interest or importance happening in the world. This is the fascinating Monitor story -- from its creation by legendary NBC programmer Sylvester L. "Pat" Weaver Jr., to never-before told anecdotes about Monitor's hosts and featured players. New interviews with Monitor hosts and staff members provide an engrossing and entertaining look at The Last Great Radio Show.

Writers Club Press, 2003
Book Condition: New and Used available

Howard Stern Private Parts Howard Stern: Private Parts
Howard Stern: Private Parts

Howard Stern Private Parts

Howard Stern: Private Parts

by Howard Stern
ISBN 0671880160

Stern spills his life story, from his dysfunctional beginnings to his unlikely, turbulent rise to super stardom. In the process, he shares his views on everything from foreign policy to fatherhood and Madonna to masturbation, with lots of lesbians in between. No matter whose side you're on -- Cher's "I hate him. He's just a creep," or Stallone's "I love him. I really love him" -- Stern's brutally frank "Don't ask, I'll tell" tome spares no group or institution. Studded throughout with Howard's favorite photos, pickings from the Hate-Mailbag and illustrations, this is the original, in-your-face manifesto complete with movie art that will once again have fans storming the bookstores...and everyone else running for cover.

(Webmaster Note: Howard's first radio job was at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor. There's a pic of him there on our Home Page.)

Simon & Schuster, 1993
Hard Cover
Book Condition: New and Used available

FM The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio
FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio

FM The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio

FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio

by Richard Neer
ISBN 0812992652

Radio veteran Richard Neer's FM is a journey through the history of rock-'n'-roll radio. As he recounts his own broadcasting career, Neer simultaneously traces the development, heyday, and eventual demise of free-form radio. He chronicles the legendary deejays at pioneering rock stations such as WNEW, KSAN, and WFMU, who brought both politics and exciting, undiscovered music to listeners across the country during the 1960s and '70s.

"Rock music had become my religion. Radio my church. And these DJs my priests, rabbis, and gurus. They would preach from the gospel of Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, the Book of Townshend, the Song of the Byrds, and the Acts of Davies. The New Testament would More... include Procol Harum, Them, Traffic, Cream, the Jeff Beck Group, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. After Sgt. Pepper it was the Exodus of singles and the Revelations of albums. And we listened and listened and listened and learned. WNEW, 102.7, was our local Temple of Solomon and somehow these stations were popping up in every major city simultaneously like a planned invasion from outer space. And with them a new generation of DJs, our generation, speaking to us. Personally. Understanding as only we understood. Inspiring us, motivating us, conjuring up images and stimulating the senses as only radio can do when it is in the hands of the righteous. And then it was over." --from the Foreword by Steven Van Zandt

Villard Books, 2001
Book Condition: New

The Oldies Music Aptitude Test The Oldies Music Aptitude Test
The Oldies Music Aptitude Test

The Oldies Music Aptitude Test

The Oldies Music Aptitude Test

by Barbara Jastrab
ISBN 0595141668

If the SATs measured what Boomers really learned during high school, you'd find "A wop bop a loo bop, a lop bam boom" on the foreign language test, the chemistry exam would be about love songs, and the grammar quiz would include "Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got." These and many more tests-with-a-twist await readers of The Oldies Music Aptitude Test: Trivia Fun for Armchair Deejays. Not your run-of-the-mill Q&A trivia book, the 600 questions are grouped by irreverent musical categories such as nonsense lyrics, musical maladies, and repetitive titles, all capped off with a hilarious final score interpretation. A nostalgic delight, The Oldies Music Aptitude Test is the entertaining and informative book Boomers will embrace for reminiscing about the glory days of Rock 'n Roll.

Writers Club Press, 2000
Book Condition: New

Johnny Holliday From Rock To Jock
Johnny Holliday: From Rock To Jock
WINS, 1964
from Johnny Holliday: From Rock To Jock
Chapter 4- "NYC Forward Motion"

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