Crashed the Gate Doing Ninety-Eight: The Citizen's Band Radio and
This is the untold story of the very first electronic social network in
America: The CB Radio.
Citizen’s Band Radio grew from to a small number of hobby users to a
cultural phenomenon in the 1970s. The adoption by millions of
Americans forced the FCC to give up nearly all regulation.
CB life created its own “slanguage,” music and values. What started
with mostly truckers grew during Arab Oil Crisis and eventually went
widespread. Users adapted CB’s to fit their own economic and social
uses. This adaptation changed the character of the radio use
eventually making the radios truly the Citizen’s Band.
And then they disappeared…
The book culminates 23 years of research with 296 pages, 44 illustrations
and more than 200 sources. Interviews include Hairl Hensley of WSM,
Bob Cole of aka the “Midnight Rider” from KIKK (now in Austin) and Bill
Fries aka C.W. McCall the “Rubber Duck.”
This is the only history book on CB radio to date. It has been well
received by all who have read it. If you would like to know more about
it, you can watch this video of the Author talking about his book:
He recently did an interview about the book as well.