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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Industry: Radio and American Music Culture

American Radio Works presents Hearing America, a Century of Music on the Radio

Sounds rather academic, but actually a compact and enthralling presentation exploring American Radio and it's historic influence...the introduction of 'clear channel' radio that spread NY-networks across more of the rural listenership, creation of "country" music as a backlash to the refined opera and classical programming that ruled the airwaves, the diversification of music taste thru introduction of jazz and black music styles, introduction of rock 'n roll (aka black music) and the slow dissolution of the style for white tastes, the invention (and later dominance) of the modern R&B format and Country format.

Entertainingly edited and puts the current radio format dominances all in perspective.

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