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Voice Over PB

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781566396677
Author(s): William Barlow
Format: Paperback
Year: 1998
Publisher: Temple University Press
Dimensions: 155 x 229 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 334

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In 'Voice Over', a celebration and history, William Barlow explores the landscape of black radio from the early days - when the white public accepted the black-face buffoonery of 'The Amos and Andy Show' and 'Beulah' as a fair depiction of African American life - to the rise of personality jocks and the contemporary scene of corporate buyouts and uncertain fate. Barlow, whose voice has been heard on WPFW (Washington, DC) for many years, brings an insider's knowledge to this account of black radio as a predominantly local and still powerful medium. Many of the broadcasters he profiles - Jack Cooper, Paul Robeson, Richard Durham, Cathy Hughes, Al Benson, Georgie Woods, Peggy Mitchell, Hal Jackson, Jocko Henderson, Mary Mason, Wesley South, Martha Jean 'the Queen' Steinberg, to name a few - became not only celebrities but also respected members of their communities. Atlanta's Jack 'the Rapper' Gibson, for instance, tells how he literally shared his microphone with Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. to announce meetings and rally listeners around a key issue.
By showing the extent to which so many black broadcasters achieved the status of trusted and influential community leaders, Barlow acknowledges that their grassroots activism was an indispensable and often overlooked part of the ongoing African American civil rights movement. 'Voice Over' also addresses black radio's broadly significant role in entertainment and shifting race relations. Until the rock a
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