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Rebels on the Air

An Alternative History of Radio in America

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Jesse Walker (View Bio)
Hardcover: NYU Press, 2001; Paperback: NYU Press, 2004.

Rebels on the Air
(amazon)

For decades, government and big business have colluded to monopolize the airwaves, stamping out our competition, reducing variety, and silencing dissident voices. And yet, in the face of such pressure, an alternative radio tradition has survived.... From the unlicensed amateurs who invented broadcasting to the community radio movement of the 1960s and 1970s, from the early days of FM to today's micro radio movement, Walker lays bare the hidden history of broadcasting.

"REBELS IN THE AIR is a joyous, smart, lucid, hilarious, critical and engaging celebration of community based, noncommercial radio in the United States. Jesse Walker vividly captures the people, their visions and achievements, their friends and enemies — all in a book that is great fun to read." — Matthew Lasar, author of PACIFICA RADIO: The Rise of an Alternative Network