From its inception in New York City, radio dramatically changed the city. The five boroughs became, in some ways, more united through the medium, as common concerns were aired and given wider attention. But as radio came to be more entertainment based, the city lost the last of its small town origins, as people left the front stoop for the living room.This heavily illustrated history traces the development of AM radio in the New York metropolitan area. While technical information and program schedules are fully covered, the work also provides unique insight into radio's influence on the development of the city. The photographs reinforce the sense of change brought about by the medium.
Bill Jaker is senior producer for WSKG Public Broadcasting in Binghamton, New York. Frank Sulek was a radio producer for the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Peter Kanze co-produced the BBC/Billboard series Twenty-five Years of Rock, managed WARY-FM at Westchester Community College and is retired as a studio engineer for the ABC Radio Network.