American Radio Networks: A History by Jim Cox PDF

By Jim Cox

ISBN-10: 0786441925

ISBN-13: 9780786441921

This booklet is a heritage of business broadcast radio networks within the usa from the Twenties to the current. It covers the 4 transcontinental webs that operated throughout the pre-television Golden Age, plus neighborhood and local hookups, and the advancements that experience happened within the many years considering, together with the effect of tv, upward thrust of the disc jockey, the increase of speak radio and different really expert codecs, implications of satellite tv for pc know-how and consolidation of networks and native stations.

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Among his brainchildren were Today, Tonight, Home, Wide Wide World and more. Two of his series, of course, persevere more than a half-century after their inception, offering no sign of fading while still mesmerizing audiences in large quantities every weekday. His greatest contribution for radio was the epic Monitor, an ambitious unstructured magazine classic that aired 40 hours every weekend from its start. ” Whether it did or not is for conjecture, but it staved off the inevitable in the late 1950s while attracting legions of fans and advertisers to NBC.

Not counting on-air artists, there were 1,359 NBC staffers in 1931. S. S. Congress. The standing of NBC in the province of broadcasting cannot be fully comprehended nor 28 AMERICAN RADIO NETWORKS accurately assessed without some awareness of the history and activities of its parent firm, the Radio Corporation of America. It should be understood that NBC at that time was but one offshoot of an immense corporate behemoth. RCA straddled the fields of communications, radio apparatus manufacturing and entertainment.

As employer of artists, NBC is interested in securing the best terms possible from the artists. NBC’s dual role necessarily prevents arm’s-length bargaining and constitutes a serious conflict of interest. Moreover, this dual capacity gives NBC an unfair advantage over independent artists’ representatives who do not themselves control employment opportunities or have direct access to the radio audience. Many of these independent artists’ representatives have complained to the [Federal Communications] Commission of NBC’s unfair control over the supply of talent and have filed briefs....

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