American Radio Networks: A History by Jim Cox

By Jim Cox

This booklet is a background of business broadcast radio networks within the usa from the Twenties to the current. It covers the 4 transcontinental webs that operated through the pre-television Golden Age, plus neighborhood and neighborhood hookups, and the advancements that experience happened within the a long time considering, together with the impression of tv, upward thrust of the disc jockey, the increase of speak radio and different really good codecs, implications of satellite tv for pc know-how and consolidation of networks and native stations.

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There’s no other way to sum it up: that landmark episode dealt a staggering blow to the senior Sarnoff and his comrades. They had fought vigorously, valiantly, doggedly to prevent it. ), there is evidence that— until the bitter end of a hard-fought struggle—they believed the courts would rule in their favor. But the appeal failed. Accepting the inevitable finally came only when they were given no alternative. 34 We won’t belabor the complexities of the FCC’s ultimatum here; it would take many pages to examine the underlying issues as well as the arguments proffered by the Federal Communications Commission that NBC crushingly dominated the broadcasting trade (which it did).

Its jagged form follows zoning regulations then in place. The RCA structure housed headquarters of the parent firm as well as its ancillary National Broadcasting Company. Two years after General Electric purchased RCA in 1986, the tower was dubbed the GE Building. In the lower right center sits the 31-story RKO Building and the Radio City Music Hall. over NBC Television and MSNBC cable network (on the latter in modified five-note form). 18 During a Georgia Tech football game, when the chimes rang, someone at NBC in New York—then airing the game on its hookup—sat up and took notice.

But he soon learned that life does not favor every man equally. In fact, by Sarnoff standards, Robert’s occupancy was fairly brief. It coincided with some nasty economic reverses that soured any legacy he might have been favorably credited with. Some of the disarray was hung squarely around his shoulders. An illtimed, ill-prepared folly into computers and abandonment of the pursuit in 1971 cost the company almost a half-billion dollars. Investors and directors took Robert Sarnoff to the woodshed for it.

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