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Public Radio and Television in America
A Political History


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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.

 
Introduction
The Politics of Public Radio and Television  
 
PART ONE: PROLOGUE, 1914-1945
 
The Public Origins of American Broadcasting
 
The Defeat of the Broadcast Reform Movement of the 1930s
 
PART TWO: PUBLIC RADIO
 
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  
 
PART THREE: PUBLIC TELEVISION
 
The Foundation Years
 
The Government Years
 
The Corporate Years
 
PART FOUR: COMMUNITY TELEVISION
 
Public Access
The Vision of George Stoney  
 
The Struggle over the Future of Community TV
 
PART FIVE: CONCLUSION
 
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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