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NPR : the trials and triumphs of National Public Radio

Author: Michael P McCauley
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005.
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The people who shaped America's public broadcasting system thought it should be "a civilized voice in a civilized community"--A clear alternative to commercial broadcasting. This book tells the story of how NPR has tried to embody this idea. McCauley describes NPR's evolution from virtual obscurity in the early 1970s, when it was riddled with difficulties--political battles, unseasoned leadership, funding  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael P McCauley
ISBN: 0231121601 9780231121606
OCLC Number: 56950586
Description: xi, 185 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A lyceum of the airwaves --
The very first brush strokes --
The price of fame --
Phoenix rising --
A civilized voice in a new media environment.
Other Titles: Trials and triumphs of National Public Radio
Responsibility: Michael P. McCauley.

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The people who shaped America's public broadcasting system thought it should be "a civilized voice in a civilized community"--A clear alternative to commercial broadcasting. This book tells the story of how NPR has tried to embody this idea. McCauley describes NPR's evolution from virtual obscurity in the early 1970s, when it was riddled with difficulties--political battles, unseasoned leadership, funding problems--to a first-rate broadcast organization. The book draws on a wealth of primary evidence, including 57 interviews with people who have been central to the NPR story, and places the network within the historical context of the wider U.S. radio industry. Since the late 1970s, NPR has worked hard to understand the characteristics of its audience. Because of this, its content is now targeted toward its most loyal listeners--highly educated baby-boomers, for the most part--who help support their local stations through pledges and fund drives.--From publisher description.

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