“The Golden Age of Radio” and American Music in the Postwar Era

During the Golden Age of Radio (1935-1945) Americans gathered in their living rooms to hear music, news, and entertainment.  Using the Woody Allen film “Radio Days” as a vehicle, we will listen to the songs and big band swing that documented the World War II era.  In the postwar years, vocalists like Sinatra, Crosby, and Doris Day sang the songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein.  Musical theater and the folk-music revival addressed social issues. Country music moved to the forefront and “new jazz” moved to the concert stage as American music evolved.  Technologies for recording and transmitting musical sound were introduced and radio broadcasting, in addition to the older AM, now offered FM to achieve better sound quality.  And everyone had a portable radio!  

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