By Jesse Walker
Boring DJs who by no means close up, and who don't even choose their very own documents. an identical hits, again and again. a continuing flow of frustrating ads. How did radio get so dull?
Not by chance, contends journalist and historian Jesse Walker. for many years, executive and large enterprise have colluded to monopolize the airwaves, stamping out pageant, lowering kind, and silencing dissident voices. And but, within the face of such strain, another radio culture has tenaciously survived.
Rebels at the Air explores those ignored chapters in American radio, revealing the criminal limitations tested broadcasters have erected to make sure their dominance. utilizing full of life anecdotes drawn from firsthand interviews, Walker chronicles the tale of the unsung heroes of yank radio who, regardless of these boundaries, carved out areas for themselves within the spectrum, occasionally legally and infrequently now not. Walker's enticing, 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 move, Walker lays naked the hidden heritage of broadcasting. exceptionally, Rebels at the Air is the tale of the pirate broadcasters who shook up radio within the 1990sand of the recent kinds of radio we will anticipate within the subsequent century, because the microbroadcasters crossbreed with the even more recent box of net broadcasting.