Across the waves : How the United States and France shaped the international age of radio (Book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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Across the waves : How the United States and France shaped the international age of radio

Author: Derek W Vaillant
Publisher: Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, 2017
Series: The history of communication
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The static-filled history of a pioneering radio partnership between two nations. In 1931, the United States and France embarked on a broadcasting partnership built around radio. Over time, the transatlantic sonic alliance came to personify and to shape American-French relations in an era of increased global media production and distribution. Drawing on a broad range of American and French archives, Derek Vaillant  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek W Vaillant
ISBN: 9780252041419 0252041410 9780252082931 0252082931 9780252050015 0252050010
OCLC Number: 1230242756
Accession No: (DK-820120)000981283
Description: 239 s.
Contents: Introduction: At the Border of U.S.-French Broadcasting --
Part I: The Rise of U.S.-French Broadcasting, 1925-44: 1 At the Speed of Sound: Techno-Aesthetic Paradigms in U.S.-French Broadcasting, 1925-39 --
2 We Won't Always Have Paris: U.S. Networks in France and Europe, 1932-41 --
3 Voices of the Occupation: U.S. Broadcasting to France during World War II --
Part II: Shaping a U.S.-French Radio Imaginary, 1945-74: 4 Served on a Platter: How French Radio Cracked the U.S. Airwaves --
5 The Air of Paris: Women's Talk Radio, Gender, and the Art of Self-Fashioning --
6 The Drama of Broadcast History after May 1968 --
Afterword: Radios at the Heart of Nations --
Appendix: U.S.-French Radio Time Line
Series Title: The history of communication

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The static-filled history of a pioneering radio partnership between two nations. In 1931, the United States and France embarked on a broadcasting partnership built around radio. Over time, the transatlantic sonic alliance came to personify and to shape American-French relations in an era of increased global media production and distribution. Drawing on a broad range of American and French archives, Derek Vaillant joins textual and aural materials with original data analytics and maps to illuminate U.S.-French broadcasting's political and cultural development. Vaillant focuses on the period from 1931 until France dismantled its state media system in 1974. His analysis examines mobile actors, circulating programs, and shifting institutions that shaped international radio's use in times of war and peace. He explores the extraordinary achievements, the miscommunications and failures, and the limits of cooperation between America and France as they shaped a new media environment. Throughout, Vaillant explains how radio's power as an instantaneous mass communications tool produced, legitimized, and circulated various notions of states, cultures, ideologies, and peoples as superior or inferior. A first comparative history of its subject, Across the Waves provocatively examines how different strategic agendas, aesthetic aims and technical systems shaped U.S.-French broadcasting and the cultural politics linking the United States and France.

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"The atmospheric way Vaillant brings radio to us in this book should be nothing short of highly commended." --EuropeNow"Vaillant's text is outstanding. The research and reporting are carefully and Read more...

 
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