Nothing on but the Radio: A Look Back at Radio in Canada and How It Changed the World

Nothing on but the Radio: A Look Back at Radio in Canada and How It Changed the World

Nothing on but the Radio: A Look Back at Radio in Canada and How It Changed the World

Nothing on but the Radio: A Look Back at Radio in Canada and How It Changed the World

Synopsis

Radio made its debut in the early twentieth century, and the world was never the same. The mysterious magic box brought people together as no other communication medium had ever done. In Nothing On but the Radio, author Gil Murray tells how the new household toy put voices and music into millions of homes. In the 1920s, families gathered around the crystal set; in the 1930s, radio comedians helped offset the Depression; in the wartime 1940s, radio kept up morale; in the 1950s and 1960s, its music, news, and information spread knowledge and entertainment. This book spotlights a popular revolution that was never quiet.

Excerpt

From the days of the ancient Greeks, and from the dim times before them, humans have envied the air, envied the creatures who rode upon it, and imagined booming voices like the mythical orator Stentor’s, carrying sound on the breeze for many leagues. Some played with echoes of their voices in the mountains, modulating the air by lung pressure. Foiled dreams of flying high on air currents like the Athenian Greek Daedalus and his son Icarus, whose feather-and-wax wings fell apart in the heat of the sun, seemed to condemn humans to walk and talk forever upon only the earth.

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