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Same time, same station : creating American television, 1948-1961

Author: James L Baughman
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
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Baughman's account of the brief but contentious debate shows how the inner workings and outward actions of the major television broadcasting networks, advertisers, producers, writers, and entertainers ultimately made TV the primary forum for entertainment and information. The tale of television's founding years reveals a series of decisions that favored commercial success over cultural aspiration.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Baughman, James L., 1952-
Same time, same station.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)647354854
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James L Baughman
ISBN: 0801879337 9780801879333
OCLC Number: 69020933
Description: xiii, 443 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Opening number --
"The mother of television" --
The marionette and the cross-dresser --
The regulators --
"Mr. Spectacular" --
Paley's choice --
"We just see that it isn't lousy" --
The patrons --
"Informed without being ponderous" --
Shooting the wounded --
Signing off.
Other Titles: Creating American television, 1948-1961
Responsibility: James L. Baughman.
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Acknowledgments ix Introduction xi 1. Opening Number 1 2. “The Mother of Television” 8 3. The Marionette and the Cross-Dresser 29 4. The Regulators 56 5. “Mr. Spectacular” 82 6. Paley’s Choice 121 7. “We Just See That It Isn’t Lousy” 153 8. The Patrons 192 9. “Informed without Being Ponderous” 219 10. Shooting the Wounded 257 11. Signing Off 296 Notes 309 Essay on Sources 429 Index 435

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