A ragtime pianist shows public TV how to have fun

Posted: September 30, 1996

Max Morath reminded America about a largely forgotten part of its musical legacy, but beyond that achievement of mass education, the musician also helped educational TV accept the element of entertainment in its programs. This article by Contributing Editor David … Continue reading

Frank Baxter, television’s first man of learning

Posted: January 29, 1996

Like Norman Corwin, the exceptional radio producer profiled in the last issue of Current, Frank Baxter had his great broadcast successes on the cusp, just before his medium became too commercially successful to continue airing the kind of programs that … Continue reading

History-makers tour new archives

Posted: October 18, 1993

The old-timers wandered curiously among the shelves, munching cookies and poking into file boxes, looking casually for their footprints in the history of public broadcasting. It was the concluding field trip of this month’s Public Broadcasting Reunion [related article] — … Continue reading

Unashamed idealists

Posted: October 18, 1993

The man who put New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia on the radio, reading the comics during a newspaper strike — M.S. “Morrie” Novik — talked the other day about his first trip west of Chicago. That excursion to Iowa more … Continue reading

Tuning out education, Chapter 5

Posted: March 25, 1983

Failing to foster lasting Cooperation between commercial broadcasters and educators, but sticking to its rhetoric, NACRE covered up the fatal inertia that plagued U.S. educational broadcasting. Continue reading

Tuning out education, Chapter 4

Posted: February 25, 1983

The Depression created a demand for sober, public-service uses of radio. Seizing the moment, NACRE launched the most ambitious experiments in national educational broadcasting that had ever been tried in America. Continue reading

Tuning out education, Chapter 3

Posted: February 11, 1983

Rival lobbies fought for regulators’ nod “If you educators do not hold radio for yourselves,” Judge Ira Robinson told educational broadcasters in June 1930, “it is going to be so fortified by commercial interests that you will never get it.”[41] … Continue reading