Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013
COM 220 History of Radio and Television
4 hours; 4 credits
This course examines the development of radio and television broadcasting systems in the United States, from their origins in “wireless telegraphy” to the current age of multichannel cable and satellite transmission. The course considers different theoretical approaches to the analysis of radio and television; their distinct genres; economic, regulatory, technological, and aesthetic features of these commercial media and public broadcasting; and their roles as key social institutions.
Prerequisite: COM 150
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