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Radio's Civic Ambition: American Broadcasting and Democracy in the 1930s

David Goodman


The book argues that the civic ambition of American radio in the 1930s and 40s centered on the production of self-governing and opinion-forming individuals – a cluster of ideas that the book names radio's civic paradigm. A range of programs, from classical music broadcasts to multi-opinion radio forum discussions of public affairs, were designed to promote both civic engagement and individualization. The “public interest” regulation of radio, and continuing broadcaster anxiety about further political reform to broadcasting, meant that at least until the end of WW2, American radio did not just ... More

Keywords: American radio, 1930s, civic paradigm, civic engagement, individualization, radio history, citizenship, classical music, War of the Worlds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Goodman, author
University of Melbourne
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