Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History

Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History

by Ralph Engelman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803954069

ISBN-13: 9780803954069

Pub. Date: 04/22/1996

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803954069
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/22/1996
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
0.94(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Key to Abbreviated Termsix
1.Introduction: The Politics of Public Radio and Television1
Part I.Prologue, 1914-1945
2.The Public Origins of American Broadcasting11
3.The Defeat of the Broadcast Reform Movement of the 1930s26
Part II.Public Radio
4.Pacifica Radio: The Vision of Lewis K. Hill43
5.The Spread of Community Radio and Pacifica's Institutional Crisis63
6.National Public Radio: The Vision of William H. Siemering83
7.Public Radio: From Supplemental to Primary Service107
Part III.Public Television
8.The Foundation Years135
9.The Government Years165
10.The Corporate Years188
Part IV.Community Television
11.Public Access: The Vision of George Stoney219
12.The Struggle Over the Future of Community TV246
Part V.Conclusion
13.The Mystification of the Public Sphere in the History of American Broadcasting269
14.The Attack of the Right and the Future of Public Radio and Television285
References308
Transcript Compilations and Archives320
Author Index322
Subject Index326
About the Author341

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