Donn Colee’s “Towers in the Sand” is an important and welcome history of Florida Broadcasting. It fills a gap that has too long been neglected. The well-written and thoroughly researched publication provides the history of broadcasting from its origin in the 1920s to the present, almost 100 years later. Colee’s history is not only comprehensive, it is probably a study that will be regarded as the definitive work in the field for years to come. In addition to producing a sound history, the author has recounted it with a storyteller’s touch. From the beginning of the book, I was drawn to both the flow of events and the many characters who brought Florida broadcasting into being. The story of the industry’s evolution is itself captivating. It is full of the frustrating experiences of the pioneers who struggled to start radio stations, especially in rural areas of the state.
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