Radio Wars

Radio Wars

DVD - 2012
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"Take a daring and unconventional look at the history of radio. From the pitched battles surrounding its invention to the secret fights for dominance between old and new media, radio has always been at war. Few of radio's struggles have been as dramatic as satellite radio's battle in the stars. This clash turned traditional radio business models upside down, redefined free speech, and put over one million investors on a billion dollar roller coaster ride as companies Sirius and XM fought to survive. Go behind the scenes and witness radio's tumultuous past"--Container.
Published: [Hollywood, Calif.] : Mohr Productions, c2012.
Branch Call Number: DVD 384.5409 RAD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda


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Dec 14, 2016

This informative film begins with a study of the then established, influential competing media's battle over the introduction of radio and the dirty dealings which resulted. After summarizing FM history, the heart of the film investigates the little-know (to me) details about how a combination of media bad-mouthing, sell-out legislators, and brazen major Wall St. crime almost strangled satellite radio in the crib. A few of the details (e.g. criminal "short-selling" of stock) are unavoidably complex, but the story moves along at an energetic and entertaining pace.


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