From Archibald MacLeish to David Sedaris, radio storytelling has
long borrowed from the world of literature, yet the narrative radio
work of well-known writers and others is a story that has not been
told before. And when the literary aspects of specific programs
such as The War of the Worlds or Sorry, Wrong Number were
considered, scrutiny was superficial. In Lost Sound, Jeff Porter
examines the vital interplay between acoustic techniques and
modernist practices in the growth of radio. Concentrating on the
1930s through the 1970s, but also speaking to the rising popularity
of today's narrative broadcasts such as This American
Life,Radiolab, Serial, and The Organicist, Porter's close readings
of key radio programs show how writers adapted literary techniques
to an acoustic medium with great effect. Addressing avant-garde
sound poetry and experimental literature on the air, alongside
industry policy and network economics, Porter identifies the ways
radio challenged the conventional distinctions between highbrow and
lowbrow cultural content to produce a dynamic popular culture.
The University of North Carolina Press
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