February 14 would be a good day to celebrate even if St. Valentine were not involved, for it also happens to be birthday of that show business giant Jack Benny. Seemed the right time to plug Kathryn Fuller-Seeley’s authoritative labor of love Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy. Seeley is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of Media History in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her business card must be nearly book-length itself! Appropriately so, this is a scholarly tome, covering the business BEHIND the show business, a must for anyone who seeks to understand the machinations that get a popular program before a national audience. The origins of what we know started in the 1930s, with programs like Benny’s, and kept him in the limelight for four decades. A must for your vaudeville-radio-media studies book shelf! Get it here.
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