The American soundscape changed rapidly in the second half of the 1920s. On 15 November 1926, NBC Radio became the first national radio network in the United States. The year 1927 saw the first broadcasts of the Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System (soon shortened to the familiar Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]) and NBC’s Blue network (after 1945, ABC Radio), as well as the 6 October release of The Jazz Singer, the nation’s first “talkie.” By the end of the decade, listeners across the country were hearing voices of cultural authority speak in an accent radiating from New York City. In 1928, far from New York,...

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