A transparent behind the scenes look at Radio
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This is the story of Sonny Joe McPherson, who grew up dreaming of hot mics, breaking records and putting together a broadcasting career to propel himself into the big time — or at least out of Dayton, Ohio. His journey offers fifty years of adventure mixed with conflict, success, opportunity and some loss. This unfiltered critique is one man’s story but pulls the curtain back on an industry constantly changing, for better or worse. True Radio Confessions: Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll is, in a sense, an historical fiction, but most of what the Sonny Joe experiences, really happened.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2022
Douglas adeptly uses a fictional protagonist whose personal story is compelling enough to propel the reader through the halcyon years of radio’s outsized cultural influence. Along the way, you’ll learn the intricacies of both the technology and the business of radio, and you’ll get a fair portrait of the wild personalities that populated the industry both in front of and behind the mic.
Coming of age at a time when television and films documented adult life, music radio provided the soundtrack to the then-biggest generation in the history of the world, the now reviled Baby Boomers. Pre-internet, multichannel cable systems, and individual devices for playing music, radio galvanized an entire generation, and this terrifically inside look at the people who made it work belongs on the history shelves as much as it does on the fiction shelves.
Read it and learn what it was to be an air-conditioned gypsy, with the shallow roots of wanderlust, and the desire to chase the dream nationwide.
The salad days of radio are gone, but this book serves as witness to their glory.