Big Voices of the Air: The Battle Over Clear Channel Radio

Big Voices of the Air - The Battle Over Clear Channel Radio James C. Foust James C. Foust

The book Big Voices of the Air: The Battle Over Clear Channel Radio by James C. Foust was published in 2000, but I read it for the first time in February 2007, thanks to my public library.

Maybe I am among the few remaining individuals with a fascination for clear-channel AM radio stations. I came by my fascination the way many did — listening on my All American 5 ac-powered AM radio as a boy, tuning the dial at night to pick up distant stations.

The book’s author is an associate professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The book is based on his Ph.D. dissertation. It traces clear-channel stations from their inception to their aggressive efforts to obtain superpower, 750,000-watt licenses, to their defensive posture, hoping to stop the FCC from placing more stations on their frequencies.

I’m big on detail, and Foust delivers. He names names, cites documents and identifies his sources. For me, the book put to rest a curiosity about clear channel stations that I’ve carried with me for decades. No photos, all text, meticulously laying out the story.

Other titles Foust has published include:

Online Journalism: Principles and Practices of News for the Web

Video Production (together with Lynne S. Gross and Thomas D. Burrows)

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