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Appalachia — a view from NPR

Anybody else catch the bits and pieces of “A view from Appalachia” on NPR Morning Edition today? I wasn’t up early enough for the 7:15 live Facebook chat, but will post a link to the replay. https://www.facebook.com/nprmorningedition/ Steve Inskeep co-anchored

Posted in 2016, Appalachia, Government, News, NPR, radio, Tennessee, Virginia

Henchmen as kittens… porn, yo?

Writing about old time radio programs at http://jheroes.com means a lot of transcribing from  mp3 files made by collectors over the years from tapes of even older transcription discs.  With my eyes bothering me on a recent morning, I decided

Posted in Android, j-heroes, jheroes, oldtime radio

Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady Journalist

For any hardcore English majors among my “portrayal of the journalist in film, fiction and popular culture” students, I should mention another great American novel with a newspaperwoman lurking in its pages: Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, which

Posted in film, Journalism, jpop, literature, Magazines, movies, oldtime radio, popular culture, writing

Fictional journalists behaving badly on old time radio

I’ve been doing more posting at Newspaper Heroes on the Air (jheroes.com) than here lately, so a cross-reference seems in order. If you haven’t visited that site, please do. On the weekends, I’ve been commenting on an “Adventures of Superman”

Posted in ethics, fiction, jheroes, oldtime radio

The stand-up reporter and the question Siri won’t answer

March 16 update: Retraction There were fabrications in Mike Daisey’s story about Apple’s Chinese factory workers. See Ira Glass’s retraction: This American Life Retracts Story; Says It Can’t Vouch for the Truth of Mike Daisey’s Monologue about Apple in China “We didn’t

Posted in Digital Culture, Journalism, podcast, radio, storytelling

Happy New Year 2012

Enough of this 1930s and 1940s nostalgia… Here’s something that’s “only” 30 years old, The Roches getting a handle on a seasonal standard. Very, very hard to believe that was so many years ago. But remembering it was enough to

Posted in j-heroes, movies, Music, oldtime radio, popular culture, radio

Editors can be heroes, too

I’m finishing up the “Clan of the Fiery Cross” storyline from the Superman radio show of 1946, and it’s changed my whole impression of Perry White. In earlier episodes that I’d listened to, White seemed to be somewhat old and

Posted in editors, oldtime radio, Pulitzer Prize

Youth Radio Wins Peabody Award

An e-mail from Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning just alerted me that Youth Radio has won a 2011 Peabody Award for its Trafficked! series, an investigation broadcast on NPR, including first-person accounts by teen victims in the sex trade.

Posted in Journalism, Online-Only, radio

Wrapping up Women’s History Month in Radio Dramas

Over at JHeroes.com, I’ve had a fun month tipping my hat to Women’s History Month, exploring the audio biographies of famous women editors, publishers and reporters — partly because “women reporters” is a major theme my “Portrayal of the Journalist

Posted in Education, fiction, j-heroes, Journalism, literature, oldtime radio, podcast, radio

Behind the Microphone

Archive.org has had copies of this film at various resolutions for years, but I just noticed that it’s now at YouTube too, which means I can embed it here for easy reference. Titled “Back of the Mike,” this nine-minute 1938

Posted in History, oldtime radio, radio, Video
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