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Public Radio and Television in America

Public Radio and Television in America
A Political History

Other Titles in:
Television and Radio

June 1996 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The origins and evolution of the major insititutions in the United States for noncommercial radio and television are explored in this unique volume.

Ralph Engelman examines the politics behind the development of National Public Radio, Radio Pacifica and the Public Broadcasting Service. He traces the changing social forces that converged to launch and shape these institutions from the Second World War to the present day. The book challenges several commonly held beliefs - including that the mass media is simply a manipulative tool - and concludes that public broadcasting has an enormous potential as an emancipatory vehicle.

The Politics of Public Radio and Television

The Public Origins of American Broadcasting
The Defeat of the Broadcast Reform Movement of the 1930s
Pacifica Radio
The Vision of Lewis K Hill

The Spread of Community Radio and Pacifica's Institutional Crisis
National Public Radio
The Vision of William H Siemering

Public Radio
From Supplemental to Primary Service

The Foundation Years
The Government Years
The Corporate Years
Public Access
The Vision of George Stoney

The Struggle over the Future of Community TV
The Mystification of the Public Sphere in the History of American Broadcasting
The Attack of the Right and the Future of Public Radio and Television

This book is an essential read for anyone wishing to conduct comparative studies into the contemporary UK and US public radio systems. It gives a clear overview and is an easy read making it ideal for students.

Mrs Siobhan Stevenson
Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University
April 26, 2011

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