Nils Thor Granlund: Show Business Entrepreneur and America’s First Radio Star

McFarland
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Nils T. Granlund (1882–1957) created the first movie preview, filmed the first commercial, was the first to broadcast a live sports event, and, as a popular radio personality, introduced the Jazz Age to America via his broadcasts from Harlem’s Cotton Club. He is also acknowledged as the creator of the modern nightclub, introducing the high-kicking chorus line to the stages of Las Vegas. But though he was among the highest-grossing entertainers of the World War II era—famous enough to star as “himself” in several Hollywood films—he died virtually penniless, and today is all but forgotten. This work is a comprehensive biography of the man known as NTG, from his herding reindeer in Sweden to shepherding the most beautiful chorus girls on Broadway.
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About the author

Larry J. Hoefling is a former newspaper reporter who has received journalism awards from Columbia University and the Scripps-Howard Journalism Foundation. He lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
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Publisher
McFarland
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Published on
May 14, 2010
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Pages
243
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ISBN
9780786455997
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
History / Military / World War II
Performing Arts / Film / General
Performing Arts / Radio / General
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