Monday, April 30, 2012
Airwaves Of New York was first printed in 1998 this book catalogs the complete histories of 156 AM radio station sin the New York metro from 1921 to 1996. I go back to this book more than any other because it covers the biggest radio market and it does so in canonical thoroughness. The book desperately needs an FM-band sequel. Actually Scott Fybush was collaborating on just such a book with Kanze and Sulek. Sulek is now deceased so I presume it's just him and Kanze now. More here. Knowing Fybush it'll be worth the wait. In the bibliography you'll find other favorites of mine, both The Golden Web and A Tower In Babel by Erik Barnouw are there but also The Deejays by Arnold Passman. Much of the rest is also on my wish-list.
Author Bill Jaker is a producer at 89.3 WSKG up in Binghamton, NY. He appears innumerable times in the thanks lists of other radio history books. Frank Sulek is a radio producer for the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Peter Kanze was the PD over at 88.1 WARY at Westchester Community College. He's known widely as a collector of radio airchecks, and as a co-producer of the BBC/Billboard series Twenty-five Years of Rock. He has a radio resume as long as my arm. There's a nice profile here.