ERIC Number: ED342040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Ted Malone: Broadcast Interpretationist.
Gibson, J. S.
One of the few broadcast interpretationists recorded in the history of radio, Frank Alden Russell--whose Ted Malone programs spanned three decades on local stations and national networks--perhaps best represents both the initiation and prime of broadcast interpretation. Born in 1908, Russell became interested in oral performance when he was attending high school in Missouri. He was also a champion debater in college. He acquired his pseudonym, Ted Malone, when asked to fill in for a program by reading poetry. The positive audience response to his reading led to his program "Between the Bookends." As his popularity increased, Malone began writing for other programs, and soon became production manager, production director, and program director at his radio station. During World War II, Malone ventured into other types of broadcasts, such as variety shows and quiz shows, and even went overseas to broadcast as a war correspondent, providing human interest soldier stories for the listeners back home. Malone's growth as a reporter-writer-interpretationist continued to expand between 1950 and 1956, and by 1957, he had established "Ted Malone Productions" as an independent operation to consult, write, record, and produce audio-visual presentations and educational material for radio, television, and films. Whatever the task, Malone continually relied on oral interpretation and strove to communicate with his listeners conversationally and convincingly through his readings--always the broadcaster, always the interpretationist. Ted Malone partially retired in the 70s, and died in 1989 after contributing more than 60 years to broadcasting and its development. (Twenty-seven references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Broadcast History; Russell (Frank Alden)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Sooner Communication Association (Norman, OK, April 3-4, 1991).