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Listening on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today

The discovery and development of shortwave technology during the 1920s and 1930s permitted radio stations throughout the world to transmit their programs over long distances, even worldwide, for the first time, and the thrill of hearing broadcasts from faraway places produced a dedicated American audience. Developments in shortwave broadcasting and shortwave listening from their inception through the war years were covered in On the Short Waves, 1923-1945: Broadcast Listening in the Pioneer Days of Radio, published by McFarland in 1999. This book picks up the story in 1945, describing the resumption of organized shortwave listening after the war and its development in the years since. The companion volume, Broadcasting on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today, focuses on the world's shortwave stations. Written from the standpoint of the serious shortwave enthusiast, this book begins with an examination of the broader shortwave listening audience. It then presents in detail the histories of the major North American shortwave clubs and reviews the professional and listener-generated shortwave literature of the era. It also covers the DX programs and other listening fare to which shortwave listeners were most attracted and the QSL-cards they sought as confirmation of their reception. The book presents a chronology of the shortwave receivers available and discusses how changes in receiver technology impacted the listening experience. It also addresses the important role that computers have played in the shortwave listening of recent decades. The book is richly illustrated and indexed, and features extensive notes to facilitate further reading or research.
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Jerome S. Berg, an attorney, was the court administrator for the Massachusetts District Court system until his retirement. He has been a shortwave listener for half a century, and is a member of the executive council of the North American Shortwave Association and chair of the Committee to Preserve Radio Verifications.


"extensive collection...recommended"--Choice; "terrific and highly recommended...should be in every radio listener's amazing excursion into the very early days of shortwave broadcasting development...a historical masterpiece...'must read'"--The NASWA Journal; "well-written, authoritative...Berg is, without a doubt, one of the foremost historians of shortwave radio broadcasting and listening...completely encapsulates early shortwave broadcasting history"--The SWLing Post; "detailed...richly illustrated...extensive notes"--Listening In; "invaluable"--Communication Booknotes Quarterly; "meticulous, first-rate...will be valued by shortwave enthusiasts and included in radio reference collections throughout the radio world...highly recommend"--The AWA Journal; "enjoyable reading...a major contribution to the history and sociology of modern technology"--Antique Radio Classified; "extraordinary...deserving of the highest praise! If the Listening book brought on waves of nostalgia the Broadcasting book created a tsunami! Fantabulistic!"--Popular Communications; "this is the first scholarly yet easily written coverage of how people have organized themselves to 'listen' to short wave radio"--Radio Heritage Foundation; "remarkable...fascinating...a must...monumental...has set a standard of excellence...worthy of attention by all international radio monitors...recommend[ed]"--Wavescan; "excellent historical chronology"--Radio World; "nearly 1200 combined pages and extensive notes make the 'Shortwave Radio Trilogy' of U.S. radio listener and historian Jerry Berg a vitrual encyclopedia of the global shortwave radio scene since 1923...and it's not just incredibly well researched text, it's carefully chosen images of the broadcasters, the stations, the equipment and the art work of these pioneer radio days. This is an absolute must read for any radio fan, and any student of the broadcasting media."--Radio Heritage Foundation; "terrific"--Australian DX News; "most authoritative history...detailed...destined to become the definitive history of shortwave broadcasting and listening"--Andy Sennett, Radio Netherlands; "excellent"--New Zealand DX Times; "interesting"--Contact Magazine; "it is clearly the reference that will be used for generations to come"--Passport to World Band Radio; "amazingly detailed...well researched...reader will be fascinated"--Monitoring Times.

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