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Chapter 11 J300 � Fargo

Chapter 11 J300 � Fargo - J300 Fargo Spring 2009...

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J300 – Fargo Spring 2009 Study Guide for Chapter 11 The questions below are designed to help you study as you read Chapter 11 of the Trager- Russomanno-Ross textbook. There are no guarantees that all of these questions will be on the next exam, and there may be questions on the exam that are not here (from lecture notes, for example). 1. Why can broadcasting be regulated in ways print cannot? -Supreme Court rejected the argument that broadcast stations should not be regulated any more than newspapers or magazines. Why? -Court’s decisions say that all mass media need not be treated the same under the First Amendment. Each mass media has its own peculiarities, although each has basic free speech protection. - Broadcasting uses the spectrum, a publically owned natural resources only a select few companies may use. The spectrum limits the number of stations in a geographical area. 2. What is the spectrum? (refer to question 1) The part of the atmosphere that carries broadcast signals. 3. What was the importance of the Red Lion case? -The Court upheld the FCC’s rule requiring a station to offer free time to an individual personally attacked by comments made on the station. The audience’s right to hear both sides of the issue was more important than the licensee’s First Amendment rights. The decision was justified by saying the spectrum prevents everyone who wants to broadcast form doing so. 4. What spurred Congress to pass the Radio Act of 1927? -BROADCASTERS , interference between broadcasters 5. What did the Radio Act of 1927 do? -the first statute directly regulating commercial radio -required oceangoing ships to have radio operators on duty around the clock -gave U.S. secretary of commerce power to grant radio station licenses, stipulating what frequency each license would use.
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