Radio’s Waves of History: Media Activism and National Radio Network Historiography in the United States

Michael J. Socolow

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    Abstract

    The publication of U.S. radio network history began less than five years after the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) inaugurated national service. This descriptive analysis of U.S. radio network historiography periodizes the emergence of four waves of radio network history between 1930 and 2020, and illustrates how social, political, and regulatory activism influenced the emergence of new perspectives on the developmental period of the U.S. network radio. Examining evolutions in radio network historiography reveals the continued applicability and relevance of radio history to contemporary debates concerning media activism and the applicability of historical inquiry in media controversies in the United States.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)208-233
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal of Radio and Audio Media
    Volume27
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

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