How Must Carry/Retransmission came to be...and more

How Must Carry/Retransmission came to be...and more

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  • September 18, 2017
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October 5, 2017, was the 25th anniversary of a monumental event in the history of broadcasting. By a vote of 74-25, the United States Senate voted to overturn the veto of President George H.W. Bush on S.12, The Cable Act of 1992. Two critical components of that bill, Must Carry and Retransmission Consent, redefined the television and broadcast industries.

Demonstrations and the media

Demonstrations and the media

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  • April 5, 2017
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News broadcasters can play a very important role in interpreting the events around them. Curators of our media collections selected material that demonstrates the ways broadcasters reported past demonstrations.

Inaugurations from our past

Broadcasting at presidential inaugurations

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  • December 19, 2016
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For nearly a century, broadcasters have been instrumental in capturing and reporting on Presidential inaugurations. Explore this history using our collection.

Election Result Coverage Through the Years

Election Results Coverage

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  • September 28, 2016
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Over the years, as technology and the ability of broadcasters to spread news quickly has changed, the ways in which we consume breaking election coverage has also changed. Here are just a few examples of important elections and the methods by which Americans received election results.

Giants of Broadcasting 2016

Giants of Broadcasting 2016

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  • September 1, 2016
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The Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts was created by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation to identify those professionals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in four creative disciplines. Read more about this year's nominees and find event information.

This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards... it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It let's us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again...

- Don Draper -

Early Women in Broadcasting

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  • June 01, 2015
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Women made significant contributions to the development and expansion of American broadcasting through the mid-20th century. The Library of American Broadcasting preserves the collections of many of these leading ladies...

...It is more likely that the initial, direct attack would have come from within. And if it had, we can be sure that one of the enemy's first moves would have been the attempt to seize America's broadcasting facilities.

- "Blueprint for Bundists", WWII Radio -

Make it simple, but significant. -Don Draper

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  • June 01, 2015
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Librarians working with the LAB collection help answer a variety of research questions, often from scholars, historians or students. Sometimes they receive requests to help out with special projects, such as a television show or movie.

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WWII Radio

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  • June 01, 2015
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The role of radio in WWII was extensive and varied. It represented freedom won and freedom lost, as well as the inextricable link between war and the marketplace.