RTF305-11_Feb25_Broadcasting History_BBoutline

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Introduction to Television
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Historical overview of broadcasting in the United States Three decisive moments in American broadcasting: 1) Period of radio "amateurs" (1910-1922) 2) The creation of RCA (1919) 3) Rise of commercial networks (1920s -- ) (a) Commercial radio (b) Commercial television
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Period of radio "amateurs" 1910-1922 Amateur radio: unrestricted use of airwaves for “broadcasting” by hobbyists, inventors, entrepreneurs Omni-directional, interactive, public use free, democratic, exchange of ideas
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Titanic disaster -- 1912 Turning point in history of radio government fears chaos in airwaves moves to regulate use of radio creates Radio Act of 1912
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Result of Radio Act of 1912 Government gives airwaves to military, big business Requires licenses to operate radio marginalizes radio amateurs as "small boys" radio no longer free, interactive, public medium
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2) Rise of RCA -- 1919 Marconi dominated telegraph industry After World War I: US government feared foreign domination (British Marconi) Mandated formation of RCA -- Radio Corporation of America
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course RTF 305 taught by Professor Nasr during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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