Jazz Radio America

Author: Aaron J. Johnson
The history of jazz on the radio, from 1948 to today
Cloth – $125
Paper – $29.95
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Publication Date
Paperback: 12/10/2024
Cloth: 12/10/2024
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About the Book

Once a lively presence on radio, jazz now finds itself relegated to satellite broadcasters and low-watt stations at the edge of the dial. Aaron J. Johnson examines jazz radio from the advent of Black radio in 1948 to its near extinction from the commercial dial after 1980. Even in jazz’s heyday, programmers and DJs excluded many styles and artists, and Johnson delves into how the politics of decision-making and the political uses of the medium shaped jazz radio formats. Johnson shows radio’s role in the contradictory perceptions of jazz as American’s model artistic contribution to the world, as Black classical music, and as the soundtrack of African American rebellion and resistance for much of the twentieth century.

An interwoven story of a music and a medium, Jazz Radio America answers perennial questions about why certain kinds of jazz get played and why even that music is played in so few places.

* Publication of this book was supported in part by a grant from the Judith McCulloh Endowment for American Music and the AMS 75 PAYS Fund of the American Musicological Society, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About the Author

Aaron J. Johnson is an associate professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh.



“An engaging style, the lived experience of the author as a jazz musician and DJ, and a wealth of insights on music, technology, and business combine to make this book a truly significant contribution to the field.”--Mark Katz, author of Music and Technology: A Very Short Introduction