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Library Resources Guide - RADIO & TELEVISION

compiled by Frank Butorac, October 2008

As the fields of Radio and Television are so closely intertwined both from a technical as well as a broadcasting point of view, this guide covers resources that cover both radio and television as well as broader materials that covers broadcasting as a whole.
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Selected Books in the MCCC Collection

  • Ref HE 8689.B77 -- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook
  • HE 8689.8.L5 -- American Broadcasting: A Source Book on the History of Radio and Television
  • HE 8689.B35. V1,2,3 -- A History of Broadcasting in the United States
  • HE 8698.D685 -- Inventing American Broadcasting 1899-1922
  • HE8700.8.B37 -- Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television
  • Ref PN1990.4.D5 -- The Broadcast Communications Dictionary
  • PN1990.9.A88 G3 -- Broadcast Writing
  • PN1991.3.U6 A43 -- The Radio Broadcasting Industry
  • Ref PN 1991.3.U6 D8 -- On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-time Radio
  • PN1991.3.U6 M3 -- Don't Touch That Dial!: Radio Programming in American Life, 1920-1960
  • PN 1991.55.M33 -- Future Radio Programming Strategies: Cultivating Leadership in the Digital Age
  • Ref PN1992.18.B7 -- Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television
  • Ref PN1992.18.E53 -- Encyclopedia of Television
  • PN 1992.55.E18 -- Broadcast/Cable Programming: Strategies and Practices
  • PN 1992.7.B625 -- TV Script Writer's Handbook
  • PN 1992.75.D66 -- Fundamentals of Television Production
  • PN 1992.75.Z4 -- Television Production Handbook
  • Ref TK 6540.T453 -- Television & Cable Factbook
  • TK 6642.H37 -- Basic TV Technology: Digital and Analog
  • Ref TK 6642.T437 -- Television Engineering Handbook: Featuring HDTV Systems
  • TK 6643.C37 -- TV Lighting Handbook
  • TK 6675.C53 -- Modern Cable Television Technology: Video, Voice, and Data Communication

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Listed below are some of the periodicals in the MCCC library in this subject area. Complete holdings and available dates may be found on file at the front circulation desk. Other titles are available from the electronic databases available in the library.

  • Broadcasting & Cable
  • Electronic Media
  • Variety

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Internet Resources: Broadcasting

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Internet Resources: Radio

  • Old-Time Radio (OTR) Home Page
    Resource for information on obtaining, playing, and listening to old-time radio shows (generally radio drama, mystery stories, comedy and adventures from the 1920's -1960's).
  • Radio Archive at the University of Memphis
    Maintained by Professor Marvin Bensman Ph.D., the site contains information both on the history of broadcasting as well as a catalog of radio programs in the University's collection and how to obtain copies of shows for personal use.
  • The Old Time Radio Script Collection
    Contains complete, web accessible, radio show scripts both housed in the site's own collection and elsewhere on the web.
  • The Broadcast Archive
    Contains information on both pioneer and current broadcast radio stations, as well as links and references to other locations containing accurate materials on broadcasting. The emphasis is on professional broadcasting, especially radio, though there are links to early amateur broadcasting, as well as various companies where the value of radio was exploited.
  • Radio-Locator
    Contains current information about radio station call-signs, frequencies, cities, affiliated universities, formats, web-page URLs, and whether or not those stations broadcast their signal on the Internet.

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Internet Resources: Television

  • The DuMont Television Network
    Contains a series of Web pages devoted to the DuMont Television Network, America's fourth television network which operated from 1946 to 1956.
  • Ed Reitan's Color Television History
    A thorough history of the development of color television including both the technical (including CBS's field sequential color system) and broadcasting sides of color television's development.
  • The MZTV Museum of Television
    Located in Toronto, the Museum's collection focuses on television receivers (mechanical television, TV at the 1939 World's Fair, Philco "Predicta" line of receivers). The website contains information and images of vintage TV sets, inventors, and related topics.
  • Television in the Library of Congress
    Contains information about the Library of Congress' Television collection.

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Internet Resources: Professional Organizations

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Internet Resources: Government Sources on Broadcasting

  • National Telecommunication and Information Administration
    The NTIA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch's principal voice on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues.
  • Federal Communications Commission
    The FCC, an independent United States government agency, regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.
  • FCC Glossary of Telecommunications Terms
    Contains many words and phrases used to describe telecommunications terms which commonly appear in the FCC's documents and other publications or articles on telecommunication technology. NOTE: Acrobat reader is required to access this document.

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