Radio Sound Effects: Who Did It, and How, in the Era of Live Broadcasting

Radio Sound Effects: Who Did It, and How, in the Era of Live Broadcasting

by Robert L. Mott


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To today's radio listener, it is difficult to imagine the influence radio once held over the American people. Unlike movies or newspapers, radio both informed and entertained its audience without requiring them to participate. Part of its success depended upon the people who created the sound effects—a squeaking door, the approach of a horse, or a typewriter.
The author did live sound effects during the "Golden Age" of radio. He provides many insights into the early days of the medium as it grappled with entertaining an audience based on a single sense (hearing). How the sounds were produced is fully covered as are the artists responsible for their production. Stories of successful effects production are balanced by embarrassing or funny failures. A list of artists and their shows is included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786422661
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2005
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Robert L. Mott had a long career doing sound effects for films, cartoons, theater, commercials—and for radio (such as Gangbusters, Philip Morris Playhouse and Perry Mason), and television (including Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show, Playhouse 90, Captain Kangaroo and Bob Hope). Twice nominated for Emmy awards for Days of Our Lives, he also wrote for Dick Van Dyke and Red Skelton. The Academy of Television Arts and Science selected him for their website honoring the legends of live television.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Preface vii

I. Walk Like a Woman 1

II. ColBeeS 36

III. Some Good News and Bad News 56

IV. Whinny Like a Horse 72

V. The Directors 88

VI. The Comedians 112

VII. And Now—A Word from Our Sponsors 137

VIII. Gunshots and Other Strange Sounds 148

IX. The Soaps 181

X. Television—The End of the Good Times 202

XI. Captain Kangaroo 220

XII. The Artists and Their Credits 234

A Few Final Words 283

Index 285

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