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  • Tags: Destination Freedom: A History of Radio from Minstrelsy to Podcasting

After only five years of independent programming, the Gimlet podcast network was bought by Spotify for $230 million. This acquisition represents a growing movement of podcast networks and collectives ranging from corporate institutions to non-profit…
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In collaboration with This American Life and WBEZ in Chicago, the podcast series Serial became a national phenomenon. Quickly accruing millions of downloads, the show enjoyed a feverish fan base fueled by the True Crime production of the show. Serial…
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With the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, corporate media mergers began to change the landscape for entertainment and broadcasting. Companies like ClearChannel began to buy up local radio stations around the country and syndicate their…
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The Civil Rights Movement relied heavily on radio to spread news and messages to young and illiterate audiences, but DJs would often have to communicate in signals or coded songs. In Birmingham, a DJ is credited with signaling the start of “The…
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Following in the footsteps of the 1946 NAACP campaign to integrate radio and TV stations, professor and banker Jesse Blayton purchased the Atlanta station WERD, which became the first Black-owned radio station. By 1969, only 16 other stations…
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After two years of performing blackface characters for their first radio show, Sam n’ Henry, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll left WGN for WMAQ. Amos n’ Andy became a national hit and NBC bought the show in 1929, started a TV show in 1951 and…
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Two stations claim to be the first broadcasters: WWJ in Detroit and KDKA in East Pittsburgh. However, they both began broadcasting within months of each other, with KDKA being the most famous for its coverage of the 1920 election results. Their…
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Often described as America’s first blockbuster, Birth of a Nation was a radical facelift for the dying minstrel show. Utilizing the blackface characters of the 19th Century beyond their comedic guideposts, D.W. Griffith exercised the power of the…
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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was originally published serially and the book became the best-selling American novel of its time, fueling abolitionist sentiment among Northern white women. Uncle Tom was also incredibly popular in the…
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T.D. Rice performed a song and dance routine based on a disabled slave he observed during his travels. This “Jim Crow” character became immediately popular with Northern, middle-class audiences, inspiring generations of blackface performers well into…
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