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  • Programs created by local broadcast stations as opposed to networks. Since there were only local stations when television first began broadcasting to the public in the late 1940s, each station produced its own programming. Even after technology allowed stations to link to one another and to national broadcasting networks, local stations still produced a substantial amount of original material. The content of such programs reflected the culture, tastes, and particular events of the local region, and viewers developed a somewhat intimate relationship with the performers. Unlike stars from nationally broadcast programs, local personalities seemed more accessible and real.

    Due to financial constraints on local stations, programmers were compelled to produce more creative and arguably risky content and formats than what might be seen on a ...

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