Essay: Radio: The Coliseum of Nostalgia

The radio listener saw nothing: he had to use his imagination. It was possible for each individual to enjoy the same program according to his intellectual level and his mental capacity. With the high cost of living and the many problems facing him in the modern world, all the poor man had left was his imagination. Television has taken that away from him.

—Fred Allen

Radio. To a generation raised on the Top 40 and all-news formats, the word means little more than an appliance for interrupting silence. But to anyone over 35, it connotes...

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