Listener Supported: The Culture and History of Public Radio

Listener Supported: The Culture and History of Public Radio

by Jack W. Mitchell
     
 

Public radio stands as a valued national institution, one whose fans and listeners actively support it with their time and their money. In this new history of this important aspect of American culture, author Jack W. Mitchell looks at the dreams that inspired those who created it, the all-too- human realities that grew out of those dreams, and the criticism they

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Public radio stands as a valued national institution, one whose fans and listeners actively support it with their time and their money. In this new history of this important aspect of American culture, author Jack W. Mitchell looks at the dreams that inspired those who created it, the all-too- human realities that grew out of those dreams, and the criticism they incurred from both sides of the political spectrum. As National Public Radio's very first employee, and the first producer of its legendary All Things Considered, Mitchell tells the story of public radio from the point of view of an insider, a participant, and a thoughtful observer. He traces its origins in the progressive movement of the 20th century, and analyzes the people, institutions, ideas, political forces, and economic realities that helped it evolve into what we know as public radio today. NPR and its local affiliates have earned their reputation for thoughtful commentary and excellent journalism, and their work is especially notable in light of the unique struggles they have faced over the decades. This comprehensive overview of their mission will fascinate listeners whose enjoyment and support of public radio has made it possible, and made it great.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275983529
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

1The progressives3
2Pioneers11
3Public radio27
4Purposes43
5All things considered59
6All things reconsidered75
7Morning edition93
8Weekend edition107
9Performance today119
10Talk of the nation135
11Marketplace145
12Critics on the right161
13Critics on the left177
Conclusion : the ideas network189

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