American Radio Networks: A History by Jim Cox

By Jim Cox

This ebook is a historical past of industrial broadcast radio networks within the usa from the Nineteen 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 many years due to the fact, together with the influence of tv, upward push 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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Plans for Rockefeller Center were unveiled in March 1930, and on 4 June of that year the Radio Corporation of America agreed to develop the entertainment areas of the complex. A lease was signed on 29 October 1931, and the RCA Building—the hub of what everyone called Radio City—was occupied during the autumn of 1933. 17 NBC’s new showpiece headquarters provided growing room for two burgeoning networks in state-of-the-art studios and supplementary facilities. All of its functions, apart from the transmitters for the two Big Apple outlets, were now housed under one roof.

Meanwhile, Robert 1948. He was a quick study and rose to top positions, but fol- Sarnoff’s star rose quickly. Elevated lowing his father’s passing, it all began to unravel. to vice president over the NBC film 3—National Broadcasting Company 37 unit in 1952, he was named executive vice president of the company the following year. By the end of 1955, he was NBC president. 45 But Robert wasn’t done by a long shot; by 1957, he was chairman, holding the same post his father held at parent RCA. Elected president of RCA in 1965, Robert Sarnoff was named CEO two years afterward.

When the Supreme Court sided with the FCC in 1943, the string had run out for NBC. The FCC’s order was to shake up the industry and present unmistakable lingering effects on broadcasting that extend into contemporary times. NBC acquiesced to the ultimatum by putting its less powerful and less popular chain, the Blue web, up for sale. Within two months of the Supreme Court’s May 1943 rendering, RCA announced that the Blue had been sold to a cash buyer. Candy magnate Edward J. , from NBC/RCA. 6 million in 1943, the year it was divested.

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