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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 Struggle over the Future of Community TV
The struggle over the future of community TV

In the early 1970s, realization of the aspirations of George Stoney at the Alternate Media Center and of Michael Shamberg at the Raindance Corporation depended in large measure on the existence of viable public access channels on cable systems. The early battle over public access in New York City initiated a quarter-century of struggle—involving local and federal officials, the cable industry, and contending forces within the community television movement—to define public access and to determine its role as a public instrument.

The first venture in public access in Dale City, Virginia, received scant attention and ended in early 1970. The awarding of cable franchises with access provisions in Manhattan was expected ...

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