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The Best Seat in the House: The Golden Years of Radio and Television

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The Best Seat in the House: The Golden Yers of Radio and Television is an informal, engaging memoir of America’s most familiar industries. Pat Weaver, a pioneer of modern broadcasting, began as a radio writer in the 1930s. In 1956 he stepped down as NBC’s chairman of the board, but not before he had shaped and revolutionized the entire broadcasting industry: He wrestled program ownership and control away from the ad agencies, created prototypes like Today and The Tonight Show, and invented the television special for serious long-form drama. He produced such talents as Milton Berle, Fred Allen, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, Jimmy Durante, Ernie Kovacs, and many more-including Howdy Doody. (He’s also Sigourney’s dad.) He made NBC the innovative leader of the pack by the time General David Sarnoff, his tyrannical boss who never understood programming, forced him to resign. Weaver’s anecdotal history is a unique view from the top. You’ll wish NBC-and the rest of television-had him back. A