Monthly Archives: June 2016

Episode 37 – McCarthyism on TV

This week join Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan as they discuss the early show trials of McCarthyism and how quickly US audiences fell in love with the real-life TV court drama. We also discuss McCarthy’s favorite defense when his “facts” didn’t stand up to scrutiny: accuse somebody else of being a Communist!

A few pages to whet your interest from Thomas Doherty’s Cold War, Cool Medium: PDF

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on July 14, 2016 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 36 – Paramount’s Star Trek Strategy

This week Jonathan and Steve provide the history of, and discuss, Paramount’s near persistent strategy of using Star Trek as the anchor for every new media channel they attempt to launch. We focus our discussion on the years 1977, 1995, and 2015. So, if you’re a fan of Star Trek, or just enjoy the typical television network business shenanigans and power plays, we think you’ll dig this episode.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on June 30, 2016 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

Pearson and Davies, Star Trek and American Television: link

A useful Wiki about Star Trek: Phase II (1977) link

Short, but solid bio on Barry Diller: link

A short, 1989 LA Times article by Paul Richter expressing the then-rush to buy stations: link

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Episode 35 – Our Interview with Newton Minow

This week we are pleased to present our interview with former FCC chairman, Newton N. Minow. Mr. Minow joins us from his office in Chicago to discuss the role of television in presidential debates, his decisions that supported the rise of PBS, and of course, his famous “vast wasteland” speech. For those interested in learning more about Mr. Minow’s distinguished career, please click one of the links below.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on June 16, 2016 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

A documentary about Newton Minow: link

Audio of the “Vast Wasteland” speech from May 9, 1961: link

Broadcasting & Cable’s recent interview with Mr. Minow: link

 

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Minow receives PBS’s “Be More” award: link

Minow’s book on Presidential Debates: link