The Broadcast Century: A Biography of American Broadcasting

The Broadcast Century: A Biography of American Broadcasting

by Michael C Keith, Robert L Hilliard
     
 

Now in paperback, The Broadcast Century, Second Edition is a popular history of the most influential and innovative industry of this century. The story of broadcasting is told in a direct and informal style, blending personal insight and authoritative scholarship to fully capture the many facets of this dynamic industry. The book vividly depicts the events, people,

Overview

Now in paperback, The Broadcast Century, Second Edition is a popular history of the most influential and innovative industry of this century. The story of broadcasting is told in a direct and informal style, blending personal insight and authoritative scholarship to fully capture the many facets of this dynamic industry. The book vividly depicts the events, people, programs, and companies that made television and radio dominant forms of communication.

Numerous personal retrospectives from leading figures in broadcasting, including Garrison Keillor, Julia Child, Norman Corwin, and Steve Allen add an intimate dimension to this eminently readable narrative, while a book-length, running time-line of world and media events and two hundred illustrations continually orient readers to periods and places. This second edition adds new information about the rapidly changing aspects of broadcasting in the 90s, making this the most up-to-date perspective on the media.

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Booknews
Neither excessively nostalgic nor arcane, but an exceedingly informative and entertaining history of broadcast media and its integral role in American society, for students and general readers. Depicts the events, people, programs and companies that shaped broadcasting from the earliest airwaves, through the golden ages of radio and television (and the blacklistings of the 1950s), to the present and the speculative future. Includes 40 personal retrospectives from major figures (e.g. Ralph Edwards, Julia Child, Steve Allen), a book-length, running time line of world and media events, and 200 illustrations, many rare or previously unpublished. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240802626
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.05(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Keith, Ph.D., ranks among the most prolific authors on the subject of broadcast media, in particular radio. He is a member of the Communication Department at Boston College and is author of over twenty books, including Voices in the Purple Haze, Signals in the Air, Talking Radio, Radio Cultures, and Sounds in the Dark. With Robert Hilliard he has co-authored The Broadcast Century and Beyond, Waves of Rancor, Dirty Discourse, Global Broadcasting Systems, and The Hidden Screen. With Christopher Sterling he co-authored Sounds of Change: FM Broadcasting in America. In addition, he is the author of numerous journal articles and has served in a number of editorial positions. He is the past Chair of Education for the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the inaugural chair of the Broadcast Education Association's Radio Division, and a former broadcaster.

He is the recipient of several honors, including the Distinguished Scholar Award given by the Broadcast Education Association in 2008, and the Stanton Fellow Award given by the International Radio Television Society. He is the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, The Next Better Place: A Father and Son on the Road (Algonquin Press), in 2003. Visit the author's website: www.michaelckeith.com.
Robert L. Hilliard, Ph.D., is Professor of Media Arts and former Dean of Graduate Studies at Emerson College. He was Chief of the Educational/Public Broadcasting Branch of the F.C.C., Chair of the Federal Interagency Media Committee, and a former broadcasting writer and producer. Among his 25 books on the media is the classic Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media, now in its 7th edition. With Michael C. Keith he coauthored Global Broadcasting Systems and Waves of Rancor, which was named by President Clinton to his 1999 yearly reading list of 12 books. Hilliard's latest book is Media, Education, and America's Counter-Culture Revolution.

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