This is the Programming section of
The Broadcast Archive
Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer
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1. Early Radio Programming (1909-1921)
2. The Rise of Broadcasting (1921-1925)
First women, blacks, etc.
3. The Networks - a history
of US Program and News networks starting in the mid-1920s.
Major US National Networks
4. The Age of Network Programs (1926-1948)
Programs and radio plays came from New York,
etc., and brought the world of education, drama and laughter into homes
around the world. Look for information on:
- Radio Plays.
- Sound Effects.
- Programs and Radio Talent.
- News came to be an
integral part of network service to local radio stations. Frank Absher has kindly provided his research into the History
of CBS News through WWII.
- An Announcer's Life in the 40s - Announcers provided the "glue" to the variety of
programs from around the country. Bill
Roddy's memoirs relate his rise through the
ranks in San Francisco.
jingo-ism to journalism" - The War Years and broadcasting. Radio not
only becomes a part of the war effort, but a new approach to news is
developed, then surpassed.
places to listen: radiolovers.com
5. The Transition
Transition Years (1948-1955) - A discussion by Rich Brother Robbin.
Tries to make the scene
- The Cold War
- Radio is discovered to be the perfect medium in the post WWII era for distributing
of music formats to replace block programming as radio discovers it cannot
compete with television by being "TV without pictures."
6. Power transfers from the networks to the
"large groups" (1950 - 1995)
the major networks turned their attention to television, radio became
dominated by some large companies, as well as innovative smaller
SCANDAL CITY! - The RKO
story - by James Snyder
- Formats develop and proliferate.
Stations begin to break away from the
weakening network programming lineups. Morning and afternoon programs are
designed to provide local news, weather, and other elements that made the
station "local." Among the famous programs that had been operating
for years, William B. Williams in New
York. A newer "model" using impromptu
comedy as a foundation was pioneered by Steve
Allen (among others) in the 1940s, and developed in the 1950s by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding
(in New York) and The Joy Boys (Willard Scott and Ed
Walker) in Washington.
- Perspectives on Formats:
- Top 40
- Classic Rock
- News (full service)
- Community eclectic
- The PD as head DJ
- The Introduction and Rise of Consultants - May 3, 1965
- FM Finally Catches on
- Automation - Machines Doing Radio
- A Short History of Automation
- From the Seaberg 50 to
- Jingles - those musical signatures that identify
are as famous as songs! - by Ken R.
- From "Name It And Claim It" to
"Song of the Day" to "A (nationwide) chance to win
8. Music Licensing
need to measure the audience