Hillbilly Music and KWKH Radio

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167511
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850099 | DOI:

Series: American Musicspheres

Hillbilly Music and KWKH Radio

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The history of KWKH demonstrates the potency of the use of radio signals for communication from a regional to a national audience. It started from local radio. This chapter looks at the effects of World War II on the industry wherein early radio created new opportunities for isolated theaters of music and culture. It also opened contexts of exchange for business, ides, and, music. Over time, radio's potency resulted in the creation of a hybridized music culture. Though the pioneer developers of radio technology envisioned radio not as just entertainment, after a few years, radio took over the phonograph in its primacy in American media. KWKH's formation in the mid-1920s provided the gateway for the emergence of independent radio.

Keywords: broadcasting; theaters; music culture; media conglomeration; media; independent radio

Chapter.  13465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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