"Goodman's book provides a great look at how the American broadcasting industry in the 1930s was civic-minded as well as responsive to government." --American Journalism"In Radio's Civic Ambition, David Goodman has produced a significant critical rethinking of the philosophy and operation of American broadcasting. Bringing out the educational and public service aspects of what has commonly been derided as a wholly commercial system, Goodman demonstrates how American radio was shaped by larger currents in social and political thought, particularly in the fields of classical music and public affairs programming. This impressively wide-ranging study also sheds new light on Adorno's famous critique of US media culture and provides a window into scholarly debates on radio and its social function in the 1930s and 40s. All scholars of American history and culture, as well as media studies, will find it provocative and stimulating." --Michele Hilmes, author of Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922 to 1952 (1997) and Network Nations: A TransnationalHistory of British and American Broadcasting (2011)"A brilliant contribution to the history of American broadcasting. Goodman's argument is subtle and bold, painstakingly researched and creatively conceived. Radio's Civic Ambition is a revisionist history in the best sense of the term. Goodman has sifted through the archives, revisited the usual theoretical suspects, and produced an imaginative and persuasive new way to think about American radio's Golden Age."--Jason Loviglio, author of Radio's Intimate Public: Network Broadcasting and Mass-Mediated Democracy (2005)"A thought-provoking and, at times, innovative intellectual history of radio programming."--The Journal of American History"Not only a significant addition to the history of early American broadcasting, and one that forces a rethinking of entrenched assumptions about that system's political alliances, but it is also a model of the
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David Goodman teaches American history at the University of Melbourne and is author of Gold Seeking: Victoria and California in the 1850s.