Introducing Black Radio: An American History, a captivating journey into the essential contribution of Black radio in the United States. From its inception in the 1920s to its present-day influence, Black radio has played a significant role in broadcasting the African-American narrative. This book delves into the early stages of Black radio as it discusses how Black DJ imitators fooled the public while helping to popularize Black music.
The book overviews crucial Black radio pioneers, historical and contemporary, and their contributions to the industry. You will understand Payola’s impact on suppressing music preference in America. The book discusses the civil rights movement and radio’s influence. With author J Thomas Smith as our guide, we navigate through the tumultuous times faced by Black-owned radio stations and their integral place within the African-American community.
We will gain insight into the business of music, music and concert promotions, and how A Star Is Born. Explore the evolution of technology and its positive and less positive impact on the radio business. We’ll learn about the history of podcasting, satellite radio, and how the digital dashboard impacts your drive and the radio business.
The book examines radio audience ratings, broadcast sales, and the pros and cons of and prospects of radio stations adopting Ai disk jockeys operated by ChatGPT. With this book, readers will gain an in-depth understanding of the history and importance of Black radio in America. Get ready to experience an essential piece of American history that has often been overlooked.
Black Radio: An American History is a comprehensive look at Black radio from its inception in the 1920s through the present day. This book, written by radio historian J Thomas Smith, dives deep into the history, stories, and people shaping radio and the Black radio experience. From the broadcast of the first Black radio show to the emergence of the sixties civil rights movement, Black Radio: An American History offers a unique perspective on race, culture, and media.
Smith has been in radio his entire adult life. He has been researching and writing about the history of Black radio for several years, and his in-depth look at the medium provides a unique perspective on the role of radio in American culture. They have featured him in ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, USA Today, and other media outlets. He is available to speak at colleges and universities. Smith’s passion for radio and its influence on American culture is evident in his book, Black Radio: An American History.