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by Nathan Godfried

Chicago radio station WCFL was the first and longest surviving labor radio station in the nation, beginning in 1926 as a listener-supported station owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor and lasting more than fifty years.

Nathan Godfried analyzes labor's challenge to the dominant media by examining the station's history and its dialectical relationship with the organized labor movement, the corporate radio world, and the federal government from 1926 to 1978. The station's story will be of interest to both labor and broadcast historians, showing how WCFL's development paralleled important changes in the organized labor movement and in the movement's interaction with business and government.

'An important contribution to the expanding literature dealing with the impact of mass culture on American life and, more especially, with the attempts of working people to use movies, radio, and the like to serve their own class, gender, ethnic, or racial needs.' -- Steven J. Ross, author of Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890

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by Nathan Godfried

Chicago radio station WCFL was the first and longest surviving labor radio station in the nation, beginning in 1926 as a listener-supported station owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor and lasting more than fifty years.

Nathan Godfried analyzes labor's challenge to the dominant media by examining the station's history and its dialectical relationship with the organized labor movement, the corporate radio world, and the federal government from 1926 to 1978. The station's story will be of interest to both labor and broadcast historians, showing how WCFL's development paralleled important changes in the organized labor movement and in the movement's interaction with business and government.

'An important contribution to the expanding literature dealing with the impact of mass culture on American life and, more especially, with the attempts of working people to use movies, radio, and the like to serve their own class, gender, ethnic, or racial needs.' -- Steven J. Ross, author of Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890

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Author Nathan Godfried
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Format N/A
Pages No
ISBN-10 0252065921
ISBN-13 978-0252065927

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