Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio is a non-fiction book by Tom Lewis, which traces the early development of radio broadcasting in the United States, published by HarperCollins in 1991. The book was adapted into both a 1992 documentary film by Ken Burns and a 1992 radio drama written and directed by David Ossman. The source of the title is from a quote by Lee DeForest.
|Published||September 1, 1991|
|Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio|
DVD release cover
|Directed by||Ken Burns|
|Produced by||Ken Burns, Morgan Wesson, Tom Lewis |
|Screenplay by||Geoffrey Ward|
|Based on||Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio |
by Tom Lewis
|Narrated by||Jason Robards|
|Edited by||Paul Barnes|
Florentine Films, WETA-TV
Ken Burns' documentary first aired on PBS on January 29, 1992, narrated by actor Jason Robards. The film focused primarily  on the three pioneers of radio in America: Lee DeForest, Edwin Howard Armstrong, and David Sarnoff. The program interspersed audio and musical highlights of "old time" radio with the stories, achievements, failures, scams and bitter feuds between each of the main protagonists. Among the interviewees featured are radio and television historian Erik Barnouw, dramatist Norman Corwin, and sportscaster Red Barber.
Broadcast on public radio, the Ossman radio drama originated in 1992 from Washington's WETA. The cast included Steve Allen as narrator, John Randolph as DeForest, David Ogden Stiers as Armstrong, and Harris Yulin as Sarnoff.
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