Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991) Poster

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Ken Burns

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

Ken Burns ... (additional)
Tom Lewis ... (book)
Geoffrey C. Ward

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification  

Jason Robards ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Red Barber Red Barber ... Himself - Radio Announcer
Erik Barnouw Erik Barnouw ... Himself - Historian
Ken Bilby Ken Bilby ... Himself - Biographer of David Sarnoff
Norman Corwin ... Himself - Writer
Susan Douglas Susan Douglas ... Herself - Historian
Frank Günther Frank Günther ... Himself (engineer)
Jeanne Hammond Jeanne Hammond ... Herself - Niece of Edwin H. Armstrong
Loren Jones Loren Jones ... Himself - Engineer
Garrison Keillor ... Himself - Writer
Helen Kelley Helen Kelley ... Herself - Radio Broadcaster
Robert Morris Robert Morris ... Himself - Engineer
Dana Raymond Dana Raymond ... Himself - Friend of Edwin H. Armstrong
Gertrude Tyne Gertrude Tyne ... Herself - Engineer
Fred Allen ... Himself - Predicts Demise of Radio (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gene Autry ... Himself - Sings (archive sound) (uncredited)
John Barrymore ... Hamlet (archive sound) (uncredited)
Winston Churchill ... Himself - Finest Hour Speech (archive sound) (uncredited)
Charles J. Correll Charles J. Correll ... Himself - Prepares for Amos 'n' Andy Broadcast (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lee De Forest Lee De Forest ... Himself - Objects to Quality of Radio Programming (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ralph Edwards ... Himself - Host of 'This Is Your Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - Announces Landing in Normandy (archive sound) (uncredited)
Freeman F. Gosden Freeman F. Gosden ... Himself - Prepares for Amos 'n' Andy Broadcast (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guglielmo Marconi ... Himself - Visits Sarnoff at RCA (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marie Mosquini ... Herself - with Lee De Forest (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nelson Rockefeller ... Himself - Eulogizes Sarnoff (archive footage) (uncredited)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself - Makes Broadcast About Banking Reform (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Sarnoff ... Himself - with Marconi at RCA (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Sinatra ... Himself - Serenades Sarnoff (archive footage) (uncredited)
Arturo Toscanini ... Himself - Conducts NBC Symphony (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself - Announces Bombing of Hiroshima (archive sound) (uncredited)
Bob Warren Bob Warren ... This is Your Life Announcer Dr. Lee DeForrest episode (uncredited)
Orson Welles ... Professor in War of the Worlds Broadcast (archive sound) (uncredited)

Produced by 

Ken Burns ... producer
Tom Lewis ... producer
Morgan Wesson ... producer

Film Editing by 

Paul Barnes

Sound Department 

Todd Bellanca ... sound
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer

Editorial Department 

Yaffa Lerea ... additional editor
Noelle Penraat ... negative matcher (as Noëlle Penraat)
John Dowdell ... colorist (uncredited)
Dave Pultz ... color timer (uncredited)

Music Department 

Ken Burns ... musical director

Other crew 

Erik Barnouw ... consultant
Ken Bilby ... consultant
Susan Douglas ... consultant
Bruce Kelley ... consultant / spark set operator
Bruce Roloson ... consultant


Eleanor De Forest Peck ... special thanks
Robert W. Sarnoff ... special thanks (as Robert Sarnoff)
Eric Sevareid ... special thanks
Amy Stechler ... special thanks (as Amy Stechler Burns)
Les Waffen ... special thanks
Wendy Wolf ... special thanks

See also

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