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Radio Music, Entertainment And Journalism History Presented By Dick Cavett And Recommended By The National Education Association On 1 All Regions DVDs!
REMEMBER WHEN: ON THE AIR (1981, 57:45)
Dick Cavett hosts this excellent retrospective of the early days of radio, with the great Rosemary Clooney opening and closing this great documentary by singing its theme song "Remember When". It chronicles radio from its first large-scale use by Marconi of the Tesla coil to broadcast across the Atlantic ocean through the early inklings of its possiblities by the Marconi employee who scooped the media with his radio reception of the list of survivors of the Titanic sinking, the future NBC head David Sarnoff, and then follows a full and fulfilling point for point account of the early history of radio as entertainment and news service up until the age of disc jockey. Its respects are paid to: Amos & Andy, Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, Edward R. Murrow, gag writers, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Fiorello LaGuardia, Abbott & Costello, game shows, The Quiz Kids, Major Bowes Amateur Hour, big band remotes, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Kay Kyser, sound effects, The Great Gildersleeve, soap operas, children's shows, radio preachers, Billy Sunday, Suspense!, Peter Lorre, The War of the Worlds Broadcast, Orson Welles, the Hindenburg crash, mobile radio units, disaster coverage, war correspondants, Floyd Gibbons, Lowell Thomas, H. V. Kaltenborn, President Franklin Roosevelt, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Pearl Harbor, Bob Hope, Command Performance, Iva Toguri aka "Orphan Ann" aka "Tokyo Rose", Pacific beach landings, crime shows, police radios, newspaper picture transmissions, the transfiguration of radio at the advent of television into an even bigger business as a music transmission medium, amateur radio broadcasting, technological uses of radio, and finally radio receivers used in the attempt to detect alien civilizations and more. A necessary part of any radio enthusiast's video library.