New PDF release: Lum and Abner: Rural America and the Golden Age of Radio

By Randal L. Hall

ISBN-10: 0813124697

ISBN-13: 9780813124698

within the Nineteen Thirties radio stations stuffed the airwaves with courses and musical performances approximately rural Americans―farmers and small-town citizens suffering during the nice melancholy. some of the most renowned of those exhibits used to be Lum and Abner, the brainchild of Chester "Chet" Lauck and Norris "Tuffy" Goff, younger businessmen from Arkansas.

Beginning in 1931 and lasting for greater than 20 years, the express revolved round the lives of standard humans within the fictional neighborhood of Pine Ridge, in response to the hamlet of Waters, Arkansas. The name characters, who're farmers, neighborhood officers, and the keepers of the Jot 'Em Down shop, be ready to entangle themselves in various hilarious dilemmas. The program's light humor and infrequently advanced characters had broad attraction either to rural southerners, who have been familiar with being the butt of jokes within the nationwide media, and to city listeners who have been interested by descriptions of existence within the American countryside.

Lum and Abner used to be characterised through the snappy, verbal comedic dueling that grew to become well known on radio courses of the Nineteen Thirties. utilizing this structure, Lauck and Goff allowed their characters to subvert conventional authority and to poke enjoyable at universal misconceptions approximately rural existence. The convey additionally featured hillbilly and different renowned song, an innovation that drew a much bigger viewers. therefore, Arkansas skilled a increase in tourism, and southern listeners started to immerse themselves in a brand new nationwide pop culture.

In Lum and Abner: Rural the USA and the Golden Age of Radio, historian Randal L. corridor explains the heritage and significance of this system, its creators, and its nationwide viewers. He additionally offers a treasure trove of twenty-nine formerly unavailable scripts from the show's earliest interval, scripts that exhibit a lot concerning the nice melancholy, rural lifestyles, hillbilly stereotypes, and a seminal interval of yankee radio.

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