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Listening to the Queen City’s Airwaves

Book covers Cincinnati radio dial before WKRP

Part of Arcadia Publishing’s ever-expanding city/regional history line of broadcast books, Cincinnati Radio by Mike Martini digs into the past half-century of the Queen City’s airwaves, ending in 1971.

Martini, a local veteran radio jock himself, also heads up the Media Heritage museum, a Cincinnati-area broadcast museum. Martini made great use of the vast Media Heritage archives in putting the book together. Many of the pictures were previously unpublished.

Back in the day Cincinnati radio hosted a number of up-and-comers such as Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Andy Williams, “Fats” Waller, Red Barber, Red Skelton and “Grandpa” Jones later of Hee Haw fame. Broadcaster and equipment manufacturer Crosley was also based in Cincinnati. Price: $21.99.