The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television
A Blow-by-Blow History from 1921 to 1964
Frederick V. Romano
“Meticulously researched . . . absorbing . . . details the rich role that prizefights played in radio and television’s formative years.” —David J. Halberstam, author of Sports on New York Radio
Radio and television broadcasting were as important to the growth and popularity of boxing as they were to the reshaping of our very culture. In this book, Frederick V. Romano explores the many roles that each medium played in both the development and the depiction of the sport.
Among the topics covered are the ever-changing role of technology during the four-decade-plus period, how it affected the way the sport was presented to its public audience, the exponential growth of those audiences, and the influence radio and television had on the financial aspects of the sport. The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television also assays radio and boxing during World War II, the role of organized crime, and the monopolistic practices during the television era.
In addition, Romano presents a detailed account of announcers such as Don Dunphy and Ted Husing, who brought the action to the listeners and viewers, the many radio and TV appearances that boxers like Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, and Rocky Marciano made outside the ring, and the mediums’ portrayal of the sport in an array of programming from drama to comedy.