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American Babel

American Babel - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812238716

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ISBN13: 978-0812238716
ISBN10: 0812238710
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Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: 2005
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American Babel - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812238716

Clifford J. Doerksen

ISBN13: 978-0812238716
ISBN10: 0812238710
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

"When American radio broadcasting began in the early 1920s there was a consensus among middle-class opinion makers that the airwaves must never be used for advertising. Even the national advertising industry agreed that the miraculous new medium was destined for higher cultural purposes. And yet, within a decade American broadcasting had become commercialized and has remained so ever since." "Much recent scholarship treats this unsought commercialization as a coup, imposed from above by mercenary corporations indifferent to higher public ideals. Such research has focused primarily on metropolitan stations operated by the likes of AT&T, Westinghouse, and General Electric. In American Babel, Clifford J. Doerksen provides a colorful alternative social history centered on an overlooked class of pioneer broadcasters - the independent radio stations." Drawing on a rich array of archives and contemporary print sources, each chapter of American Babel looks at a particular station and the personalities behind the microphone. Doerksen presents this group of independents as an intensely colorful, perpetually interesting lot and weaves their stories into an expansive social and cultural narrative to explain more fully the rise of the commercial network system of the 1930s.

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