The Hidden Screen: Low Power Television in America

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By any standards, the most eclectic form of broadcasting in the U.S. today is called low-power television (LPTV). Not an insignificant blip in the industry, LPTV offers true local and community programming to tens of thousands of U.S. viewers. Because it can go where the cable industry doesn't go, LPTV tends to serve either outlying rural communities or disenfranchised communities such as gangs and new immigrant groups who have no other way to stay connected. One trend Keith notes is the proliferation of stations in the Northwest owned by right-wing, militia, or Christian fundamentalist groups that broadcast to their select audience of like-minded fringe groups.
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Some 2,000 US television signals have managed to escape the notice of critics of the Fifth Estate. Hilliard (media arts, Emerson College) and Keith (communications, Boston College) redress this lack of recognition of low-power TV (LPTV)<-->for which the Federal Communications Commission has actually issued more licenses than for full-power TV<-->by discussing the purpose of this programming in the process of trying to upgrade its broadcast standing; and exploring the evolution and legal status of this "neighborhood" or "guerilla" medium reaching audiences from new immigrants to right-wing groups. Appends a license renewal application, fact sheets, and FCC petition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765604194
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/29/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Ch. 1 A New Medium: The Nature and Purpose of Low Power Television 3
Appendix 1A FCC Rules and Regulations Pertaining to LPTV 15
Ch. 2 The Screen Over the Fence: The Evolution of Neighborhood Television in America 33
Ch. 3 See LPTV Run: Its Organization and Structure 47
Appendix 3A Application for Renewal of License for AM, FM, TV, Translator, or LPTV Station 56
Ch. 4 And Now the News: Programming for the 'Hood 67
Appendix 4A Localism and Low Power Public Television 85
Appendix 4B On Being a Neighbor 96
Ch. 5 The Bottoming Line: Subsidizing the Hidden Screen 97
Appendix 5A An LPTV Studio Equipment List 108
Appendix 5B A Profile of Bayou Country LPTV 110
Ch. 6 Maintaining the Image: Technical Considerations, Other Micros, and the Future 113
Appendix 6A The Future of LPTV: A View 129
Appendix 6B Public Notices 131
Appendix 6C CBA Factsletter Concerning LPTV Displacement Applications and Primary Service Rulemaking Process 135
Ch. 7 Studies and Briefs: A Comparative Assessment and Civil Action on Behalf of LPTV 136
Ch. 8 The Alaska LPTV Network 162
Appendix 8A Fact Sheet on LPTV 178
Appendix 8B CBA Petition for Rulemaking to FCC 189
Notes 195
Further Reading 201
Index 203
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    Who knew these stations were even out there? The authors fill in the picture and it is worth reading.

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