Change of FM band frequencies

Thu Dec 15 12:55:53 EST 2011

With all due respect to Donna, I think she is biased regarding Mr
Shepard's importance to radio as a nationwide communications medium.
He certainly was very important in New England but how important were
his contributions outside of New England? I think there is ample
justification for for giving him only passing mention in a book and a
TV documentary that attempted to portray the importance of radio to
the entire nation. As for inadequate coverage of the roles of women
and minorities, although the lack of emphasis on those groups would
almost certainly be considered egregious in 21st-century publications
and programs, the lack was endemic throughout the American culture of
20 or more years ago. I think it would have been nothing short of
miraculous if works of that era had provided the level of emphasis we
would consider necessary in semi-scholarly works today.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Murray" <>
To: "Boston Radio Group" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:36 PM
Subject: Re: Change of FM band frequencies

> On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 1:38 AM, Donna Halper <>
> wrote:
>> And while it was a well-done TV documentary, it badly underplayed
>> anyone was
>> not corporate (Westinghouse, GE, RCA), never mentioned any women or
>> minorities, and focused on Sarnoff, Armstrong and DeForest as if
>> they were
>> the entire story of radio. Agreed, they were three major figures
>> (although
>> DeForest's role could be debated-- he was quite a self-promoter),
>> but the
>> early years of broadcasting had some amazing entrepreneurs,
>> including the
>> late great John Shepard 3rd, who was mentioned but just barely.
> Donna-
> Would you make the same statement about the book as well? I would
> rather get the book than watch the TV show - I expect there is much
> more info in the text rather than the couple of hours in the TV
> documentary...
> -Peter

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