American Radio Networks: A History by Jim Cox

By Jim Cox

This publication is a heritage of industrial broadcast radio networks within the usa from the Nineteen Twenties to the current. It covers the 4 transcontinental webs that operated in the course of the pre-television Golden Age, plus neighborhood and local hookups, and the advancements that experience happened within the a long time considering that, together with the impression of tv, upward thrust of the disc jockey, the increase of speak radio and different really expert codecs, implications of satellite tv for pc know-how and consolidation of networks and native stations.

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Because of its leading position, NBC probably had less incentive than CBS toward reckless adventure,” one analyst advanced. Its pursuit focused on one man, Abraham A. Schechter. Though young in years—born August 10, 1907, at Central Falls, Rhode Island—Schechter had prepared himself for just such a tactical opportunity as he was thrust into at NBC. He had reported for The Providence Journal and The New York World and been a New York editor for Associated Press before his hire at age 24 as NBC’s director of news and special events.

He died at 93 at Santa Barbara, California, on March 15, 2002, having never regained anything closely resembling his brief turn at Camelot. Robert W. Sarnoff was the eldest of a half-dozen sons of David Sarnoff, the RCA chairman. When the younger Sarnoff was elected president of NBC and subsequently its chairman, of course the water cooler conversations in Rockefeller Center were abuzz with the inevitable whispers of favoritism and nepotism. ” But if one of his dad’s biographers is to be believed, he earned the right to hold his offices through solid understudy and hard work, not purely ambition and kinship.

The programming and management of those stations raised eyebrows under provisions of the Radio Act of 1927, however. Consent of the Federal Radio Commission (FRC), which regulated the broadcast industry at the time, had never been sought nor obtained. In January 1940, when the applications for renewal of the licenses were reviewed at a hearing, those management contracts were rescinded. The five stations entered into new agreements as affiliates of NBC as a result. , and its counterparts were formed as money-making enterprises, pure and simple.

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