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Postby Lou » Mon Oct 24, 2005 1:02 pm

McFarland & Company Publishers, 1993
283 pages, 140 pictures & illustrations, comprehensive 11 page index.

This is an excellent book on the subject. The author
tells his many stories from the wide variety of shows
he worked on through radio's golden age. Very specific
examples and descriptions on the working of all the sound
effects from the simple footstep to the complicated Fibber
closet gag. The book also chronicles much about the history
of dramatic radio from it's beginnings up through the
television age. For those interested in the technical aspects
of sound on radio in those days, dozens of pictures are
included with detailed descriptions of their uses and mechanical
workings- In fact, a great deal of information on the history
of recorded sound in general is included within it's pages.
Best of all, the book also contains hundreds
of great anecdotes which will have you laughing out loud and
make you feel like you were really there!! Overall this book
is loaded with facts, a wonderful collection of star studded
historic photographs , amazing histories, and hilarious stories all told with Mott's witty and charming style which will keep you
glued to the book as if it were a riviting detective novel!
Highly recommended!!


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Postby Monsterwax » Sat May 22, 2010 11:35 am

To today’s radio listener, it is difficult to imagine the influence radio once held over the American people. Unlike movies or newspapers, radio both informed and entertained its audience without requiring them to participate. Part of its success depended upon the people who created the sound effects--a squeaking door, the approach of a horse, or a typewriter.

The author did live sound effects during the "Golden Age" of radio. He provides many insights into the early days of the medium as it grappled with entertaining an audience based on a single sense (hearing). How the sounds were produced is fully covered as are the artists responsible for their production. Stories of successful effects production are balanced by embarrassing or funny failures. A list of artists and their shows is included.

About the Author:
Robert L. Mott has had a long career doing sound effects for films, cartoons, theater, commercials?and for radio (such as Gangbusters, Philip Morris Playhouse and Perry Mason), and television (including Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show, Playhouse 90, Captain Kangaroo and Bob Hope). Twice nominated for Emmy?s for Days of Our Lives, he also wrote for Dick Van Dyke and Red Skelton. The Academy of Television Arts and Science selected him for their website honoring the legends of live television. He lives in Arroyo Grande, California.

Retail Price: $35.00

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments iv
Preface vii

I. Walk Like a Woman 1
II. ColBeeS 36
III. Some Good News and Bad News 56
IV. Whinny Like a Horse 72
V. The Directors 88
VI. The Comedians 112
VII. And Now—A Word from Our Sponsors 137

VIII. Gunshots and Other Strange Sounds 148
IX. The Soaps 181
X. Television—The End of the Good Times 202
XI. Captain Kangaroo 220
XII. The Artists and Their Credits 234

A Few Final Words 283
Index 285

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