Radio broadcast served as an unintentional tool in constructing a unified African American populous by way of popular culture through music outlets. Radio provided relief from the dreariness and desolation of the Great Depression. “Comic strips, radio programs, and movies were affordable forms of artistic creativity that allowed momentary escape… and families gathered around the radio for nightly programs of comedy and music”.2 The creation of jazz music was developed during this pinnacle of technological change; African-American jazz musicians embraced the development of radio and how it transformed music in the eyes of Americans black and white. The most popular type of radio show was a "potter palm," an amateur concert and big-band jazz performance broadcast from cities like New York and Chicago. Due to the racial prejudice prevalent at most radio stations, white American jazz artists received much more airtime than black jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Joe "King" Oliver.3 These figures in history embodied African Americans contribution to radio in the primarily white national...
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1. J. Fred MacDonald: Media History eBooks. "DTTD!:African-Americans in Radio:Stride Towards Freedom: Blacks in Radio Programming." Accessed February 25, 2014. http://jfredmacdonald.com/africanamericansinradio.htm.
2. Hine, Darlene Clark, William C. Hine, and Stanley Harrold. The African-American Odyssey. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2011. (P. 513)
3. Boundless. "The Jazz Age - The Culture of Change." Accessed February 25, 2014. https://www.boundless.com/u-s-history/from-the-new-era-to-the-great-depression-1920-1933/the-culture-of-change/the-jazz-age/.
4. Ibid (P.513).
5. Ibid (P.515)
6. Ibid (P.516)
8. Ibid (P.517)
9. WTTW Chicago Public Media - Television and Interactive. "Durham's Destination Freedom | Power, Politics, & Pride | DuSable to Obama - WTTW." Accessed February 25, 2014. http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=76,4,5,3.
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