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Policy and culture in the digital age: A cultural policy analysis of the United States commercial radio industry


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This dissertation undertakes a critical cultural policy analysis of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and subsequent federal government policies, initiatives and mandates affecting the U.S. commercial radio industry. The intellectual traditions of political economy of communication are employed to assess the consequences of historic telecommunications reform on the creation and availability of radio programming. The financial activity and programming practices of radio stations are compared across multiple radio markets, diversified by geographical region, ownership structure, size and musical format. The central analysis of these data sources spans six years, from January 1995 to December 2000. This dissertation puts forth two major findings: First, the U.S. commercial radio industry experienced massive consolidation both locally and national, changing the manner by which radio is managed. Second, programming on independently owned or small group stations is significantly more diverse than programming on large, super group radio stations. Given these findings, this dissertation proposes several policy recommendations to foster cultural variety and to democratize citizen access to media.

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Subject
Mass media;
Public administration
Classification
0708: Mass media
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Social sciences, Commercial radio, Cultural policy, Political economy, Telecommunications Act
Title
Policy and culture in the digital age: A cultural policy analysis of the United States commercial radio industry
Author
Huntemann, Nina B.
Number of pages
158
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 66/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496976638, 049697663X
Advisor
Jhally, Sut
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3163676
ProQuest document ID
304997805
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304997805
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