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Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television

Michael Ritchie

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ISBN 10: 0879516151 / ISBN 13: 9780879516154
Published by Overlook Books, 1995
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Title: Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television

Publisher: Overlook Books

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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A Prehistory of Television """"...like television at its best; lively, informative, accessible and marvellously entertaining."""" - Washington Post This fascinating work looks at the pioneer beginnings of TV - the medium which perhaps more than any other has defined and changed the 20th century. Covering the period 1920-1948, it deals with the inventors and pioneers, the first soaps and newscasts and although predominantly looks at the US, also covers British & European develoments

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Even before there was "Howdy Doody" or "The Honeymooners", there was television, the medium that would define and change forever the twentieth century. Please Stand By looks back at the rough pioneer beginnings of TV, when the glow from the small screen brought magic into every home that had a set. Chorus girls worked side by side with performing rats; Eddie Albert, Dinah Shore, Hugh Downs and Betty Furness were still plucky unknowns; and one crossed wire could ruin an entire night's programming, with losses totaling as much as sixty-five dollars! This is the first book to cover comprehensively the earliest days of television, the period between 1920 and 1948, before there were regularly scheduled programs, or even written scripts, when television was in its infancy, and TV "bloopers" were the order of the day rather than the exception. This is also the story of inventors like Philo Farnsworth, who invented electronic television as a high school student in rural Utah (he also invented the first fax machine), and the first network battles, between companies such as RCA, NBC and DuMont. Filled with entertaining anecdotes and rare photographs of the days when nearly all television was live, Please Stand By includes remarkable stories of many television "firsts" such as the first commercial, the first soap opera, the first sportscast, and the first newscast, as well as rare interviews with many of television's pioneers - the inventors, station owners, writers, actors, presenters and crews. As a chronicle of the earliest days of the twentieth century's most important medium, this book is an invaluable resource; as a story of the adventures and misadventures of the men and women whoreinvented television daily, it's a hilarious and nostalgic rollercoaster ride.

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