Fireside Chat-Matt West

Focusing on the beginning of situation of comedy and studying the failed transition of two popular radio shows this week made me think about the influence that radio has had on our culture. Franklin Delano Roosevelt used a series of evening radio comedies between 1933 and 1944 during the great depression about the Emergency Banking Act and the response to the ongoing financial crisis. Through this medium he was able to explain his own policies effectively. His voice gave many Americans a sense of assurance during seemingly desperate times. Attached is a link to the Audio link for the first fireside chat on the banking crisis. ‘This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).’

While we saw in our course this week, comedy could be used to be derogatory for certain racial groups or gender stereotypes. This is a use of radio comedy that was productive in nature. Today, we enjoy more avenues and higher volumes of media that can be consumed through a wide range of devices. We still see the same issues in our own culture, very negative comedy like Tosh.O and Dane Cook who make shows at others expense. Or you have very educational programs who attempt to be productive. The Rush Limbaugh Show has over 13 million listeners and serves as news and debate source for conservatives nationwide about the political atmosphere. It is the most popular radio program in the country.

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One Response to Fireside Chat-Matt West

  1. marymdalton says:

    It is useful and revealing to think about the evolutions of radio over time. Interesting post.

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