Listener Supported: The Culture and History of Public Radio

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 219 pages
Public radio stands as a valued national institution, one whose fans and listeners actively support it with their time and their money. In this new history of this important aspect of American culture, author Jack W. Mitchell looks at the dreams that inspired those who created it, the all too human realities that grew out of those dreams, and the criticism they incurred from both sides of the political spectrum. As National Public Radio's very first employee, and the first producer of its legendary "All Things Considered," Mitchell tells the story of public radio from the point of view of an insider, a participant, and a thoughtful observer. He traces its origins in the progressive movement of the 20th century, and analyzes the people, institutions, ideas, political forces, and economic realities that helped it evolve into what we know as public radio today. NPR and its local affiliates have earned their reputation for thoughtful commentary and excellent journalism, and their work is especially notable in light of the unique struggles they have faced over the decades. More than any other book published on the subject, Mitchell's provides an accurate guide to public radio's development, offering a balanced analysis of how it has fulfilled much of its promise but has sometimes fallen short. This comprehensive overview of their mission will fascinate listeners whose enjoyment and support of public radio has made it possible, and made it great.
 

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Contents

The Progressives
3
Pioneers
11
The Victorian
13
The Commerce Secretary
14
The Educators
17
The Pacifist
19
The Curators
24
Public Radio
27
Marketplace
145
Critics on the Right
161
Critics on the Left
177
Frustrated Progressives
178
Frustrated Pacifists
180
Frustrated Curators
181
Frustrated Mass Educators
182
Frustrated Populists
184

Purposes
43
All Things Considered
59
All Things Reconsidered
75
Morning Edition
93
Weekend Edition
107
Performance Today
119
Talk of the Nation
135
Frustrated Community Builders
186
The Ideas Network
189
Notes
193
Bibliography
205
Index
211
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Jack W. Mitchell was the first producer of All Things Considered and served three times as Chair of the NPR board of directors. He is now a Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses in public broadcasting, broadcast journalism, and mass media and society.

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