Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review of Carol Miller's Autobiography

Miller, Carol. Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio. New York: Ecco, 2012. 

People who know me or other who have read this journal know that I am a big radio enthusiast and admire Djs.  I always wonder about their personas off the microphone.  There is much gossip about the personal lives of TV and movie stars but little is known about radio stars.  I am sure they like it that way.  Anyway, I read on some radio message boards about the autobiography of Carol Miller, now heard on Q-104.3 in NYC.  I have to be honest by saying that I didn’t listen to her that much since I was never much into the classic rock format.  After reading the book, I will have to make it my business to listen to her more often.

So how did a nice Jewish girl from Queens get into the radio business?  In the 1970s there were so few women on the airwaves.  She started out as a student at  WXPN the public radio station of  the University of Pennsylvania.  From there she moved on toWMMR in Philadelphia.  She is best know for working at WPLJ, WNEW-FM, and WAXQ.  She talks about how she was fired after format changes and how a misunderstanding delayed her hiring at WAXQ.

This book is more than just about radio.  Many entertainment biographies just describe the professional lives of the subjects.  Carol describes in detail many personal issue in her life such as her marriages, relationships with rock stars, and fight with cancer.  I certainly admire her honesty and candor throughout the book.  I highly recommend it.  Thanks Carol for sharing with your readers.

Please check out Carol’s web site at 

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