By Ray Barfield
Tracing public and important responses to television from its pioneering days, this booklet gathers and provides context to the reactions of these who observed television's early broadcasts—from the privileged few who witnessed experimental and limited-schedule programming within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, to people who received television units and hoisted antennae within the post-World battle II tv increase, to nonetheless extra who invested in colour receivers and cable subscriptions within the Sixties. whereas the 1st significant sections of this learn convey the perspectives of television's first huge public, the 3rd part indicates how social and media critics, literary and visible artists, and others have expressed their charmed or chagrinned responses to tv in its earliest decades.
Media-jaded americans, particularly more youthful ones, will be stunned to understand how eagerly their forebears expected the coming of tv. Tracing public and demanding responses to television from its pioneering days, this ebook gathers and offers context to the reactions of these who observed television's early broadcasts-from the privileged few who witnessed experimental and limited-schedule programming within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, to those that obtained television units and hoisted antennae within the post-World warfare II tv growth, to nonetheless extra who invested in colour receivers and cable subscriptions within the 1960s.
Viewers' reviews bear in mind the thrill of possessing the 1st television receiver locally, exhibit the vexing demanding situations of reception, and list the excitement that each one younger and plenty of older watchers present in early community and native courses from the start to the fast-changing Nineteen Sixties. whereas the 1st significant sections of this learn exhibit the perspectives of television's first extensive public, the 3rd part indicates how social and media critics, literary and visible artists, and others have expressed their charmed or chagrinned responses to tv in its earliest decades.
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Extra info for A Word from Our Viewers: Reflections from Early Television Audiences
They had worked hard in the local textile mills in our town all their lives, raised a family of five children during the Depression, and had known few of life’s finer things during those lean years. I believe TV was their just compensation. Some of my earliest memories involve “Popaw,” “Momaw,” and a house full of cousins warmed by gas logs, fellowship, and a black and white TV. After a day of chores and children’s games, my grandmother would prepare supper for us all as Bob Ledford, a used car dealer from Asheville, North Carolina, sponsored and, I believe, hosted “wrasslin’ ” on Channel 13.
The set was delivered late one evening. I’d been unable to concentrate at school that day. My thoughts were consumed with the fact that I would have unlimited access to a new state-of-the-art color TV right next door. (We still had black and white in our home. In fact, it may have been late ’60s-early ’70s before we took the plunge. Mom and Dad chose feeding and clothing us above entertainment. I appreciate that . . ” We gathered around the new set that night. I stood amongst parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and my questions were answered.
7. Reese Fant, “If You’ve Got Any Radio Stories, There’s Someone Who Wants Them,” Greenville News (September 19, 1993): sec. D. ” Mary Steed remembers the time about fifty years ago when her family purchased the first television set in her Brooklyn neighborhood. The delivery van pulled into the driveway, the installers ceremoniously carried the large cabinet into the house, and they spent a long time adjusting knobs to the midafternoon test pattern. When word spread in the neighborhood and at school that her house harbored a TV set, she soon noticed a change in her social life: “My dating activity suddenly rose to a zenith.
A Word from Our Viewers: Reflections from Early Television Audiences by Ray Barfield