Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History

Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History

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by Ralph Engelman
     
 

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… See more details below

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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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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

Acknowledgments
Key to Abbreviated Terms
1Introduction: The Politics of Public Radio and Television1
2The Public Origins of American Broadcasting11
3The Defeat of the Broadcast Reform Movement of the 1930s26
4Pacifica Radio: The Vision of Lewis K. Hill43
5The Spread of Community Radio and Pacifica's Institutional Crisis63
6National Public Radio: The Vision of William H. Siemering83
7Public Radio: From Supplemental to Primary Service107
8The Foundation Years135
9The Government Years165
10The Corporate Years188
11Public Access: The Vision of George Stoney219
12The Struggle Over the Future of Community TV246
13The Mystification of the Public Sphere in the History of American Broadcasting269
14The 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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