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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 Defeat of the Broadcast Reform Movement of the 1930s
The defeat of the broadcast reform movement of the 1930s

The ACUBS, representing the Midwest's land-grant college stations, sought to counter the threat to the future of educational broadcasting posed by the expansion of the commercial networks during the late 1920s. The FRC, established by the Radio Act of 1927, ignored the appeals of ACUBS President Charles A. Culver to aid college stations. The ACUBS was also unsuccessful in rallying support for the Davis Amendment of 1928 to the bill prolonging the existence of the FRC. The Amendment, supported by educational broadcasters, sought to end discrimination against local and nonprofit radio stations. At the ACUBS's first national convention in 1930, a resolution was passed endorsing the ...

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