NBC: America's Network / Edition 1

NBC: America's Network / Edition 1

by Michele Hilmes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520250818

ISBN-13: 9780520250819

Pub. Date: 08/01/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

Spanning eight decades from the beginnings of commercial radio to the current era of international consolidation and emerging digital platforms, this pioneering volume illuminates the entire course of American broadcasting by offering the first comprehensive history of a major network. Bringing together wide-ranging original articles by leading scholars and

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Spanning eight decades from the beginnings of commercial radio to the current era of international consolidation and emerging digital platforms, this pioneering volume illuminates the entire course of American broadcasting by offering the first comprehensive history of a major network. Bringing together wide-ranging original articles by leading scholars and industry insiders, it offers a comprehensive view of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) that brings into focus the development of this key American institution and the ways that it has intersected with, and influenced, the central events of our times. Programs, policy, industry practices and personnel, politics, audiences, marketing, and global influence all come into play. The story the book tells is not just about broadcasting but about a nation's attempt to construct itself as a culture—with all the underlying concerns, divisions, opportunities, and pleasures. Based on unprecedented research in the extensive NBC archives, NBC: America's Network includes a timeline of NBC's and broadcasting's development, making it a valuable resource for students and scholars as well as for anyone interested the history of media in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250819
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
987,617
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

PART ONE: BROADCASTING BEGINS, 1919-38

Introduction to Part One
Michele Hilmes
1. NBC and the Network Idea: Defining the “American System”
Michele Hilmes
2. “Always in Friendly Competition”: NBC and CBS in the First Decade of National Broadcasting
Michael J. Socolow
3. Programming in the Public
Interest: America's Town Meeting of the Air
David Goodman
4. Regulating Class Conflict on the Air: NBC's Relationship with Business and Organized Labor
Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Nathan Godfried

PART TWO: TRANSITIONAL DECADES, 1938-60

Introduction to Part Two
Michele Hilmes
5. Breaking Chains: NBC and the FCC Network
Inquiry, 1938-43
Christopher H. Sterling
6. Why Sarnoff Slept: NBC and the Holocaust
David Weinstein
7. Employment and Blue Pencils: NBC, Race, and Representation, 1926-55
Murray Forman
8. NBC, J. Walter Thompson, and the Struggle for Control of Television Programming, 1946-58
Mike Mashon
9. Talent Raids and Package Deals: NBC Loses Its Leadership in the 1950s
Douglas Gomery

PART THREE: NBC AND THE CLASSIC NETWORK SYSTEM, 1960-85

Introduction to Part Three
Michele Hilmes
10. NBC News Documentary: “
Intelligent
Interpretation” in a Cold War Context
Michael Curtin
11. What Closes on Saturday Night: NBC and Satire
Jeffrey S. Miller
12. The Little Program That Could: The Relationship between NBC and Star Trek
Máire Messenger Davies and Roberta Pearson
13. Sex as a Weapon: Programming Sexuality in the 1970s
Elana Levine
14. Saturday Morning Children's Programs on NBC, 1975-2006: A Case Study of Self-Regulation
Karen Hill-Scott and Horst Stipp

PART FOUR: NBC IN THE DIGITAL AGE, 1985 TO THE PRESENT

Introduction to Part Four
Michele Hilmes
15. Must-See TV: NBC's Dominant Decades
Amanda D. Lotz
16. Creating the Twenty-first-Century Television Network: NBC in the Age of Media Conglomerates
Christopher Anderson
17. Life without Friends: NBC's Programming Strategies in an Age of Media Clutter, Media Conglomeration, and TiVo
Kevin S. Sandler
18. Network Nation: Writing Broadcasting History as Cultural History
Michele Hilmes and Shawn VanCour

NBC Time Line
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors

Index

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