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More Than a Supporting Role: Marion Keisker, Gender, Radio History
Unformatted Document Text:  More Than a Supporting Role: Marion Keisker, Gender, Radio History 22 3 Co lin Escott and Martin Hawkins, Good Rock in’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll (Ne w Yo rk: St. Mart ins Press, 1991). Nea l Gregory and Janice Gregory, When Elvis Died (Washington, D.C.: Co mmun ications Press, 1980). 4 Not only is Keisker not mentioned in standard histories of radio, she is not regarded in the few pieces devoted to women in broadcasting. See: A merican Women in Radio and Telev ision AWRT, Mak ing Waves: The 50 Greatest Women in Radio and Television (Kansas City: Andrew McMeel Publishing, 1991), Donna L. Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Wo men in American Broadcasting , Media, Communication, and Culture in America. (Armonk, N.Y.: M .E. Sharpe, 2001). Leora M . Sies and Luther F. Sies, The Encyclopedia of Women in Radio, 1920-1960 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2003). 5 See: Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Wo men in American Broadcasting . Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio, eds., Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of Radio (New York: Routledge, 2002). 6 Henry, S. (1993). Changing Media History Through Women‟s History, in P. Creedon (Ed.). Women in Mass Communication, Second Edition, 341. 7 Ha lper, D. (2001). Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. New Yo rk and London: M.E. Sharpe, 19. 8 Smethers, J. S. & L. Jo lliffe. (Winter 1998). “ Ho me ma king Progra ms: The Rec ipe for Reach ing Women Listeners on the Midwest‟s Local Radio.” Journalism History, 24,4, pp. 138-148. 9 Douglas, S. (1999). Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos ‘n’ Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern. New York: Times Books; Hilmes, M. (1997). Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922- 1952. Minneapolis: Un iversity of Minnesota Press; MacDonald, J. F. (1979). Don’t Touch that Dial! : Radio Programming in American Life, 1920 - 1960. Chicago: Ne lson- Hall, Inc. 10 Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. 21. 11 Anne McKay, "Speaking Up : Vo ice A mp lificat ion and Women‟s Struggle for Public Expression.," in Women and Radio: Airing Differences, ed. Caro line Mitchell (London; New York: Routledge, 2000). 15. 12 Ibid. 13 Ibid. 14 Ibid. 19. 15 Ibid. 16 Ibid. 17 J.I. M ix, " For and against the Woman Rad io Speake r," Radio Broadcasting, November 1925. 18 Mix herself unflinchingly supported women in on -air radio ro les in her co lu mn. 19 Mix, " Fo r and against the Woman Radio Spea ker." 20 J. Wallace, “ The listeners‟ point of view,” Radio Broadcast, November 1926. Quoted in Miche le Hilmes, Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922 -1952 (Minneapolis, MN: University of M innesota Press, 1997). 143. 21 J.I. M ix, "For and against the Woman Rad io Speake r," Radio Broadcasting, September 1924. 22 J. Wallace, “ The listeners‟ point of view,” Radio Broadcast, November 1926. Quoted in Hilmes, Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952. 143. 23 " Women Fa ll Do wn on the Air," Variety 1931. 24 Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. Susan Smulyan, "Rad io Advertising to Women in the 1920s: A Latchkey to Every Ho me .," Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television 13, no. 3 (1993). 25 Smu lyan, S. (1993). “ Radio Advertising to Women in the 1920s: A Latchkey to Every Ho me.” Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, 13,3, pp. 299-314. 26 Lav in, M. (June 1995). “Creating Consumers in the 1930s: Irna Phillips and the Radio Soap Ope ra.” Journal of Consumer Research, 22,1, pp. 75-90; Smulyan, S. (1993). “Rad io Advertising to Women in the 1920s: A Latchkey to Every Ho me.” Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, 13,3, pp. 299-314. 27 AWRT, Mak ing Waves: The 50 Greatest Wo men in Radio and Television . Halper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting . 28 Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting . 29 Ibid. 30 Ibid.

Authors: Meade, Melissa.
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More Than a Supporting Role: Marion Keisker, Gender, Radio History  
 
 
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 Co lin  Escott and Martin Hawkins, Good Rock in’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock  ‘N’ Roll  
(Ne w Yo rk: St. Mart ins Press, 1991).  Nea l Gregory and Janice Gregory,  When Elvis Died (Washington, 
D.C.: Co mmun ications Press, 1980).  
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 Not only is Keisker not mentioned in standard histories of radio, she is not regarded in the few pieces 
devoted to women in broadcasting. See: A merican Women in Radio and Telev ision AWRT, Mak ing 
Waves: The 50 Greatest Women in Radio and Television 
 (Kansas City: Andrew McMeel Publishing, 1991), 
Donna L. Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Wo men in American Broadcasting Media, 
Communication, and Culture in America.
 (Armonk, N.Y.: M .E. Sharpe, 2001). Leora M . Sies and Luther F. 
Sies, The Encyclopedia of Women in Radio, 1920-1960 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2003).  
5
 See: Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Wo men in American Broadcasting . Michele Hilmes and 
Jason Loviglio, eds., Radio Reader: Essays in the Cultural History of Radio (New York: Routledge, 2002).  
6
 Henry, S. (1993). Changing Media History Through Women‟s History, in P. Creedon (Ed.).  Women in 
Mass Communication, Second Edition, 341. 
7
 Ha lper, D. (2001). Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. New Yo rk and 
London: M.E. Sharpe, 19.  
8
 Smethers, J. S. & L. Jo lliffe. (Winter 1998). “ Ho me ma king Progra ms: The Rec ipe for Reach ing Women 
Listeners on the Midwest‟s Local Radio.” Journalism History, 24,4, pp. 138-148. 
9
 Douglas, S. (1999). Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos ‘n’ Andy and Edward 
R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack  and Howard Stern. New York: Times Books; Hilmes, M. (1997). Radio 
Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922- 1952
. Minneapolis: Un iversity of Minnesota Press; MacDonald, J. 
F. (1979). Don’t Touch that Dial! : Radio Programming in American Life, 1920 - 1960. Chicago: Ne lson- 
Hall, Inc. 
10
 Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. 21. 
11
 Anne McKay, "Speaking Up : Vo ice A mp lificat ion and Women‟s Struggle for Public Expression.," in 
Women and Radio: Airing Differences, ed. Caro line Mitchell (London; New York: Routledge, 2000). 15. 
12
 Ibid. 
13
 Ibid. 
14
 Ibid. 19. 
15
 Ibid.  
16
 Ibid. 
17
 J.I. M ix, " For and against the Woman Rad io Speake r," Radio Broadcasting, November 1925. 
18
 Mix herself unflinchingly supported women in on -air radio ro les in her co lu mn. 
19
 Mix, " Fo r and against the Woman Radio Spea ker."  
20
 J. Wallace, “ The listeners‟ point of view,” Radio Broadcast, November 1926. Quoted in Miche le 
Hilmes, Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922 -1952 (Minneapolis, MN: University of M innesota 
Press, 1997). 143. 
21
 J.I.  M ix, "For and against the Woman Rad io Speake r," Radio Broadcasting, September 1924. 
22
 J. Wallace, “ The listeners‟ point of view,” Radio Broadcast, November 1926. Quoted in Hilmes, Radio 
Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952. 143. 
23
 " Women Fa ll Do wn on the Air," Variety 1931. 
24
 Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. Susan Smulyan, "Rad io 
Advertising to Women in the 1920s: A Latchkey to Every Ho me .," Historical Journal of Film Radio and 
Television
 13, no. 3 (1993). 
25
 Smu lyan, S. (1993). “ Radio Advertising to Women in the 1920s: A Latchkey to Every Ho me.”  Historical 
Journal of Film Radio and Television, 13,3, pp. 299-314. 
 
26
 Lav in, M. (June 1995). “Creating Consumers in the 1930s: Irna Phillips and the Radio Soap Ope ra.” 
Journal of Consumer Research, 22,1, pp. 75-90; Smulyan, S. (1993). “Rad io Advertising to Women in the 
1920s: A Latchkey to Every Ho me.” Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, 13,3, pp. 299-314. 
27
 AWRT, Mak ing Waves: The 50 Greatest Wo men in Radio and Television . Halper, Invisible Stars: A 
Social History of Women in American Broadcasting 
28
 Ha lper, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting 
29
 Ibid. 
30
 Ibid. 


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