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Norman Corwin and radio : the golden years

Author: R LeRoy Bannerman
Publisher: University, Alabama : University of Alabama Press, [1986] ©1986
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Norman Corwin is regarded as the most acclaimed creative artist of radio's Golden Age (mid 1930s to late 1940s). Corwin worked as a producer for CBS at a time when radio was the centerpiece of American family life. His programs brought high moments to the medium during a period when exceptional creativity and world crisis shaped its character and conviction. Bannerman's book is more than biography: it is also social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bannerman, R. LeRoy, 1921-
Norman Corwin and radio.
University, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, ©1986
(OCoLC)558697951
Named Person: Norman Corwin; Norman Corwin; Norman Corwin; Norman Corwin
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R LeRoy Bannerman
ISBN: 0817302743 9780817302740
OCLC Number: 11754823
Description: xiii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Era: the man and the golden age --
Beginning: an old-world heritage --
City: publicity to poetry --
Network: a liberal mountain --
Series: deadline times twenty-six --
Anniversary: bill of rights show --
War: radio to arms --
Challenge: dedicaiton and dreams --
Assignment: pursuit of peace --
Victory: on a note of triumph --
World: flight of unity --
Art: beginning of the end --
Blacklist: cast of concern --
Future: of film, footlights, and philosophy --
Appendix: a chronology of Norman Corwin's radio programs.
Responsibility: R. LeRoy Bannerman ; foreword by Erik Barnouw.
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Norman Corwin is regarded as the most acclaimed creative artist of radio's Golden Age (mid 1930s to late 1940s). Corwin worked as a producer for CBS at a time when radio was the centerpiece of American family life. His programs brought high moments to the medium during a period when exceptional creativity and world crisis shaped its character and conviction. Bannerman's book is more than biography: it is also social history--the story of network radio, its great achievements and ultimate decline. Many of Corwin's programs are considered radio classics. During World War II his programs energized the people and marshaled morale. We Hold These Truths, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Bill of Rights, was broadcast eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and On a Note of Triumph, a VE-Day special for CBS, marked the historic culmination of a momentous conflict. Bannerman's work is a portrayal of a remarkable man, who led an influential fight for the art and integrity of broadcasting, who endured unfounded accusations during the blacklisting period of the McCarthy era, and who by his dedication accomplished significant programs of historic dimensions.

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"Bannerman's enthusiastic book gives us the pleasure of spending a few hours again with Norman Corwin, remembering the pleasure he gave us. How much we all owe to him." --Lewis Freedman, The Los Read more...

 
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