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Donna Halper

Associate Professor

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Sound Off podcast became that program’s most downloaded episode of the year: //www.soundoffpodcast.com/single-post/2017/10/03/Donna-Halper-Radio-Religion-and-Rush

In addition to teaching, Donna is the editor of the Lesley Public Post (Lesley’s student newspaper).  She is also a blogger, and a free-lance writer.  She has given many guest lectures at libraries, civic organizations, and other universities. And she is known for having discovered the classic rock band Rush, who dedicated two albums to her; she can be seen in the 2010 documentary “Beyond the Lighted Stage.”  Donna’s hobbies include reading, stamp collecting, and collecting rare memorabilia about media history.

Donna Halper holds a BA in English from Northeastern University, an M.Ed in Counseling and an MA in English from Northeastern University, and a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Most Recent Publications

Books

Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting revised and expanded 2nd edition. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe (2014).  

Boston Radio 1920-2010.  Mt. Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Press (2011). 

Chapters

"On Women and Radio: Women in the Driver's Seat." Moving Sounds: A Cultural History of the Car Radio, ed. Phylis Johnson and Ian Punnett.  Pieterlen and Bern, CH. Peter Lang (2019). 

"Written Out of History: Women Baseball Writers, 1905–1945."   The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2017–2018, ed. William Simons. Jefferson, NC. McFarland & Co. (2019).

“Women in the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movements.” Women and Leadership: History, Theory and Case Studies. Great Barrington MA: Berkshire Press (2017).

“The Evolution of Women Leaders in the Film Industry.”  Women and Leadership: History, Theory and Case Studies. Great Barrington MA: Berkshire Press (2017).

“Steve Lyons.”  The 1986 Boston Red Sox, Phoenix, AZ:  SABR Books (2016).

“Writing About Base Ball in the 1870s.” The Boston Red Stockings 1870-1875. Phoenix, AZ: SABR Books (2016).

Articles:

"Drive Time Radio" CBS Sunday Morning, May 17, 2019.

“Preserving the Story of Greater Boston’s Pioneering Broadcast Stations 1XE and WGI.” AWA Review 澳门皇冠体育_500 Internal Server Error

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“Broadcasting Red Sox Baseball: How the Arrival of Radio Affected the Team and the Fans.” Baseball Research Journal, volume 46, issue 2, Fall 2017.

“Father Michael J. Ahern: Boston’s First Radio Priest.” (Boston) The Pilot, September 1, 2017.

“Remembering Nell Dodson Russell: Reporter, Columnist, Truth-Teller.” Minneapolis Spokesman-Review, August 15, 2017.

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