By Susan Ware
One of the main loved radio convey hosts of the Forties and Fifties, Mary Margaret McBride (1899—1976) on a regular basis attracted among six and 8 million listeners to her day-by-day one o'clock broadcast. in the course of her two decades at the air she interviewed tens of millions of individuals, from President Harry Truman and Frank Lloyd Wright to Rachel Carson and Zora Neale Hurston. this can be her story.
Five a long time after their broadcast, her indicates stay remarkably clean and engaging. And but McBride—the Oprah Winfrey of her day—has been virtually forgotten, either in radio heritage and within the background of twentieth-century pop culture, essentially simply because she used to be a girl and since she used to be on daylight hours radio.
Susan Ware explains how Mary Margaret McBride used to be one of many first to take advantage of the cultural and political significance of speak radio, pioneering the magazine-style structure that many speak indicates nonetheless use. This radio biography recreates the area of daylight hours radio from the Nineteen Thirties during the Fifties, confirming the large importance of radio to daily life, in particular for women.
In the 1st in-depth therapy of McBride, Ware begins with an outline of the way commonly McBride used to be respected within the mid-1940s—the 15th anniversary social gathering for her express in 1949 crammed Yankee Stadium. as soon as the readers have got to understand Mary Margaret (as all people known as her), Ware backtracks to inform the tale of McBride’s upbringing, her early occupation, and the way she acquired her commence in radio. The latter a part of the booklet alternatives up McBride's tale after global struggle II and during her demise in 1976. An epilogue discusses the modern speak convey phenomenon with a glance again to Mary Margaret McBride’s early effect at the format.
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It's One O'Clock and Here Is Mary Margaret McBride: A Radio Biography by Susan Ware