Public Radio And Television In America

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The first of its kind in approach and coverage, Public Radio and Television in America contains a critical overview of public radio, public television, and public access television in the 20th century. It focuses on the forces -- technological, ideological, and social -- impining upon the development of National Public Radio, Radio Pacifica, the Public Broadcasting Service, and community television on cable. Supplementing primary and secondary sources, with interviews with pioneers in educational television, public radio, and public access, this study reveals the dual potential of public radio and television systems as co-optive mechanisms for establishing government and corporate authorities. In light of the current assault on public broadcasting, and modern society's need to increase citizen involvement in the public sphere, Ralph Engelman asserts that public radio and television deserve to be both defended and extended. He also concludes that these services have enormous potential as emancipatory vehicles.
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Offers a critical overview of public radio and television and public access television, focusing on the technological, ideological, and social forces shaping the development of National Public Radio, Radio Pacifica, the Public Broadcasting Service, and community television on cable. Draws on interviews with pioneers in the field, looking at public radio and television systems' dual potential as mechanisms for establishing government and corporate authorities, and as emancipatory vehicles. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803954069
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Key to Abbreviated Terms
1 Introduction: The Politics of Public Radio and Television 1
2 The Public Origins of American Broadcasting 11
3 The Defeat of the Broadcast Reform Movement of the 1930s 26
4 Pacifica Radio: The Vision of Lewis K. Hill 43
5 The Spread of Community Radio and Pacifica's Institutional Crisis 63
6 National Public Radio: The Vision of William H. Siemering 83
7 Public Radio: From Supplemental to Primary Service 107
8 The Foundation Years 135
9 The Government Years 165
10 The Corporate Years 188
11 Public Access: The Vision of George Stoney 219
12 The Struggle Over the Future of Community TV 246
13 The Mystification of the Public Sphere in the History of American Broadcasting 269
14 The Attack of the Right and the Future of Public Radio and Television 285
References 308
Transcript Compilations and Archives 320
Author Index 322
Subject Index 326
About the Author 341
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