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Entrepreneurs Of Profit And Pride

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Although much has been written about the golden days of radio, Entrepreneurs of Profit and Pride is the first book to examine the black radio industry. This book traces the development of black radio programming which began when the concept of black appeal first occured to certain entrepreneurs, a concept that played a pivotal role in the rise of cultural pride and soul. Through the case studies of three representative black radio stations, Newman reveals the evolution of programming practices dictated not only ...

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Overview

Although much has been written about the golden days of radio, Entrepreneurs of Profit and Pride is the first book to examine the black radio industry. This book traces the development of black radio programming which began when the concept of black appeal first occured to certain entrepreneurs, a concept that played a pivotal role in the rise of cultural pride and soul. Through the case studies of three representative black radio stations, Newman reveals the evolution of programming practices dictated not only by pride but by profits gained through successful marketing. A unique feature of this book is the inclusion of business considerations into a cultural analysis of the medium.

The book begins with a discussion of how poor communications to black audiences in early network broadcasting led to the creation of black-appeal narrowcasting. The author probes the patterns of development in black programming and assesses the impact of that programming on soul consciousness. In addition, the book discusses individuals in the history of black radio, marketing to a minority audience, and the role of media in society as a seller of products and culture.

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Regarding the influence of advertising on a minority audience. Focus is on business and culture in the Black communities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275928889
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/13/1988
  • Series: Media and Society Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK NEWMAN is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: For Profits and Pride

Part I: Imagery, Communication, and Opportunity

Part II: Behind the Boom: Patterns of Black-Appeal Development

Part III: Consciousness and Culture

Coda: Money is the Message

Bibliography

Index

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