By Tona J. Hangen

mixing cultural, spiritual, and media heritage, Tona Hangen bargains a richly unique check out the area of spiritual radio. She makes use of recordings, sermons, fan mail, and different assets to inform the tales of the made up our minds broadcasters and committed listeners who, jointly, reworked American radio evangelism from an on-air novelty within the Nineteen Twenties right into a ecocnomic and wide-reaching by way of the 1950s.

Hangen strains the careers of 3 of the main profitable Protestant radio evangelists--Paul Rader, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Charles Fuller--and examines the suggestions they used to deliver their messages to listeners around the country. firstly close out of community radio and loose airtime, either one of that have been on hand simply to mainstream Protestant and Catholic teams, evangelical broadcasters received entry to the airwaves with paid-time programming. via the mid-twentieth century thousands of usa citizens usually tuned in to evangelical programming, making it one of many medium's such a lot detailed and sturdy genres. The voluntary contributions of those listeners in flip helped bankroll spiritual radio's awesome development.

Revealing the entwined improvement of evangelical faith and smooth mass media, Hangen demonstrates that the background of 1 is incomplete with out the historical past of the opposite; either are necessary to knowing American tradition within the 20th century.

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