Understand how daytime soaps became popular and the role of Irna Phillips in
soaps. Only Connect: Daytime radio soaps for women & Irna Phillips role
o She originated the first successful daytime serial for women on WGN
radio in Chicago
Women and media
The beginnings of talk radio and women like Mary Margaret McBride and her
approach (including clip from class with her biographer). (Only Connect: Pgs.
Local radio stations launched many creative daytime shows providing
Be familiar with the Big Band Era that radio popularized.
The Big Band Swing Era was King with bands like Tommy
Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo & Glenn Miller
performing on air.
On LOCAL radio, a variety of music forms flourished
How TV tended to portray women in comedy, drama and contest shows (including videos we
watched from Ozzie & Harriett, Father Knows Best & Donna Reed).
o -Audience more receptive of women in starring roles in sitcoms. 10 of 28 sitcoms in 1954 had
The social context of the post-WWII era and how it influences early television.
How the FCC prepares for TV and the key decisions it makes that influence
technical development issues such as VHF and UHF stations and the color
-FCC faced s
Understand the importance of network news as WWII broke out, the famed
radio journalists reporting on the war and government/military censorship of
As Germany and Japan began invading neighboring nations, CBS and NBC had
The types of shows that marked the Network Era of radio
(examples we heard in class Lux Radio Theatre, Jack Benny, Amos & Andy).
_Amos n Andy where two white guys portrayed two black men living in Chicago.
In the 30s and 40s, networks found crime or
The development of network radio and why that became so important.
RCA launched the network radio era in November 1926.
The NBC Blue Network started with 25 stations linked by AT&T phone lines
across the US. Initially, NBC was able to take the
How commercial broadcasters succeeded in moving amateur radio operators to
different frequencies where they wouldnt interfere with radio broadcasts.
To clear up frequency issues, the ICC (Interstate Commerce
Commission) in January 1922 told amate
The role of major corporations in early radio such as GE, RCA, AT&T.
o Corporations start pushing radio.
o GE purchases controlling interest in American Marconi in 1919. GE creates RCA-radio
corporation of America to help with radio technology re