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Author Zook, Kristal Brent.

Title I see Black people : the rise and fall of African American-owned television and radio / Kristal Brent Zook.

Imprint New York : Nation Books, c2008.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  384.540923 Z76i 2008    ---  Available
Description xxi, 200 p. ; 21 cm.
Note Includes index.
Contents James L. Winston -- Catherine Liggins Hughes -- Percy and Pierre Sutton -- William Delford Davis -- Frank Washington -- Dorothy Edwards Brunson -- Booker Wade -- Melody Spann-Cooper -- Chauncey Wendell Baily, Jr., and Leonard D. Stephens -- Robert D. Short, Jr. -- Afterword.
Summary From the Publisher: Why are so few radio and television stations currently owned by African Americans? The airwaves are public resources; they belong to the people. And yet minorities, who form 33 percent of the population, control only 3 percent of the broadcast media. African Americans own less than 1 percent of all television station in the country. How did we reach this point? In I See Black People, journalist Kristal Brent Zook talks with the people who have struggled to retain an independent voice within the media despite the consolidations that have swept through the industry. Zook tells the story of Dorothy Brunson, one of the first African American women to own a radio station in America, and Catherine Liggins Hughes who faced overwhelming challenges establishing Radio One but ultimately became the first black woman in the country to own a publicly traded company. Set against these rare examples of success are people like Robert Short, who lost his Syracuse station in 2000 and describes the negative impact that this had on his local community. And Chauncey Bailey, who made it his life's work to bring local African American programming to Oakland, California, but was tragically murdered earlier this year while working on a story. I See Black People makes a powerful case that ownership does matter. When the media fails to reflect the diversity of its audience, it is inevitably the voices of the least powerful that vanish first from the airwaves.
Subject Television stations -- United States -- Management.
Radio stations -- United States -- Management.
African Americans in television broadcasting.
African Americans in radio broadcasting.
African American businesspeople -- Biography.
ISBN 9781560259992 (alk. paper)
156025999X (alk. paper)
Standard No. AU@ 000042254101

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