Professor Inks Book on Portrayal of Radio in the Talkies

Posted on August 6, 2011

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Dr. Laurence Etling, a Professor at Valdosta State University, has just published a book that examines the portrayal of radio personalities in movies.

In an article from Valdosta State University’s communication department, Dr. Etling, a former DJ who spent 15 years in radio, says the book emerged from a paper he presented at a popular culture convention a few years ago.

Etling now works in the Communications Art Department at VSU and “teaches radio announcing, television announcing and audio production,” the article says.

Dr. Etling estimates he watched 550 movies over the course of two years to research this book.

From the Publisher:

About the Book
This richly detailed examination of two branches of American entertainment focuses on the various ways that radio stations and air personalities have been depicted in motion pictures, from 1926’s The Radio Detective to more recent films like 2006’s A Prairie Home Companion. Cinematic portrayals of various aspects of radio are covered, including disc jockeys, sports broadcasts, religious programs, and the talk-radio format. Such films as The Big Broadcast (1932), Reveille with Beverly (1943), Mister Rock and Roll (1957), WUSA (1970), Radio Days (1987) and Private Parts (1997) provide fascinating insights not only into their own times, but also into the historical eras that some of these films have endeavored to recreate.

A chronological filmography of more than 600 titles is included.

Published by academic publisher McFarld and Co., the book retails for $45.00 US.

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