By Tom McCourt

ISBN-10: 0275963586

ISBN-13: 9780275963583

ISBN-10: 0313003262

ISBN-13: 9780313003264

Public broadcasting has replaced dramatically on account that its founding in 1967. The becoming equation of industry potency with the general public curiosity has, in Tom McCourt's research, undermined the worth of public items and companies. furthermore, political and cultural discourse is more and more beset by means of fragmentation. Public radio offers an exemplary website to envision the customers and difficulties of up to date public life.

Beginning with an outline of the occasions that ended in the production of nationwide Public Radio, McCourt discusses the connection among NPR and its associate stations and the ways that struggles over investment and programming have affected public radio's schedule. He additionally examines how public radio comprises the jobs of public representatives into its operations and the way its how to make certain the desires and pursuits of the general public have replaced around the system's background. The social, political, and fiscal pressures that experience impacted the project and practices of nationwide Public Radio, McCourt asserts, are show up in all parts of yankee lifestyles. via wide historic learn, he examines even if American public broadcasters, as represented through NPR, have succeeded or didn't engender an enlightened, participatory democracy.

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13. 11. T. Goetz, ‘‘57 Channels (and Nova’s On),’’ Village Voice, February 21, 1995, p. 42. 12. J. Conciatore, ‘‘House Panel Backs ’98 Aid to CPB,’’ Current, July 31, 1995, p. 24. 13. S. Behrens, ‘‘Congress to Hear Custom-Made Pleas,’’ Current, September 11, 1995, p. 30. Though routinely castigated for ‘‘needless’’ interference in the marketplace, government often benefits private interests, while taxpayers shoulder the risk. Noncommercial broadcasting helped establish the viability of FM radio and UHF television.

The Carnegie Commission avoided calling for direct federal appropriations to the CPT; according to commission member Lee DuBridge, ‘‘One person who talked to us . . ’’41 Instead, as a ‘‘least objectionable’’ compromise, the Corporation for Public Television would be partially funded by an excise tax on the sale of televisions, beginning at 2 percent and rising to a ceiling of 5 percent. Instead of attempting to explicitly define ‘‘public’’ broadcasting, the Carnegie Commission offered a shopping list of generalizations.

A. Stavitsky and T. Gleason, ‘‘Alternative Things Considered: A Comparison of National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio News Coverage,’’ Journalism Quarterly 71 (4), Winter 1994, p. 783. 2 The Development of National Public Radio National Public Radio will serve the individual; it will promote personal growth; it will regard the individual differences among men with respect and joy rather than derision and hate; it will celebrate the human experience as infinitely varied rather than vacuous and banal; it will encourage a sense of active constructive participation, rather than apathetic helplessness.

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