Take that, you hucksters! This month, as I thought about trying to come up with something remotely scintillating to say about BORDER RADIO, I had trouble generating much enthusiasm.
Don’t get me wrong: my problem wasn’t because of the book. BORDER RADIO is a great read—and certainly a perfect choice for a RADIO Readers book club pick. The writing is fun and fluid and interesting and entertaining. The information is perhaps fairly new to many of us, but it might also bring back long-lost memories of hearing Wolfman Jack in the middle of the night, most of us probably not even knowing or wanting to know much about where he was broadcasting from. We just enjoyed listening to him talk and play music.
The information about Dr. Brinkley, the goat gland man, and other hucksters may have lurked in the back of our memories too—especially if we were from Kansas. Learning about Brinkley’s weird science is both laughable and horrible at the same time.