By Jesse Walker
Boring DJs who by no means close up, and who don't even decide their very own files. an identical hits, many times. a relentless flow of exasperating advertisements. How did radio get so dull?
Not accidentally, contends journalist and historian Jesse Walker. for many years, executive and massive company have colluded to monopolize the airwaves, stamping out festival, lowering kind, and silencing dissident voices. And but, within the face of such strain, an alternate radio culture has tenaciously survived.
Rebels at the Air explores those ignored chapters in American radio, revealing the felony obstacles proven broadcasters have erected to make sure their dominance. utilizing energetic anecdotes drawn from firsthand interviews, Walker chronicles the tale of the unsung heroes of yank radio who, regardless of these obstacles, carved out areas for themselves within the spectrum, occasionally legally and occasionally no longer. Walker's attractive, meticulous account is the 1st entire historical past of other radio within the United States.
From the unlicensed amateurs who invented broadcasting to the neighborhood radio flow of the Sixties and Seventies, from the early days of FM to today's micro radio flow, Walker lays naked the hidden heritage of broadcasting. mainly, Rebels at the Air is the tale of the pirate broadcasters who shook up radio within the 1990sand of the recent different types of radio we will count on within the subsequent century, because the microbroadcasters crossbreed with the even more moderen box of net broadcasting.