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Monday, April 16
 

4:15pm PDT

The Fairness Doctrine: What Have we Learned 25 Years After its Demise?
August 2012 will mark 25 years since the Fairness Doctrine was no longer enforced by the FCC. What’s happened over the past 25 years and what might happen over the next 25 years concerning electronic media content regulation. This panel will establish the history of the Fairness Doctrine, efforts to codify it and the future given current technology and social changes. Moderator: David Spiceland, Appalachian State University
Panelists: David Spiceland, Appalachian State University; The Unknown History of the Fairness Doctrine
Frank Aycock, Appalachian State University; The Fairness Doctrine and the Challenge of New Technologies
Richard Vogel, William Penn University; Do more sources mean better quality? Is fairness a function of gatekeepers in the age of new sources?
Fritz Messere, SUNY – Oswego; Does 24/7 news and entertainment spell the absolute end of the Fairness Doctrine?


Monday April 16, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Conference Room 2
 
Tuesday, April 17
 

9:15am PDT

Re-assessing Mid-Century Broadcasting
Utilizing their current research, three historians re-evaluate the state of broadcasting during the 1950s and 1960s. Moderator: Susan Brinson, Auburn University
Panelists: James C. Foust, Bowling Green State University; Reinforcing Network Hegemony in TV Frequency Allocations
Phillip J. Hutchison, University of Kentucky; Remembering early local television: Video rituals and the exemplary recurrences of 1950s America
Randall Sumpter, Texas A&M University; Mass Communicating Ideology Through 1960s Top-40 Radio


Tuesday April 17, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Conference Room 1

10:45am PDT

Early History of Visual Broadcasting, 1897 - 1950

Many histories of television begin with the 1950s, as this was the decade that the technology reached a tipping point and entered the mainstream of society. This panel explores the decades before, when a variety of methods were used to add images to the technology of radio broadcasting. The topics include Lee De Forest’s earliest research into visual broadcasting, mechanical television, CBS programming from the early 1930s, and the phenomenon of “radio-facsimile.”
Moderator: Noah Arceneaux, San Diego State University
Panelists: Michael Adams, San Jose State University: The Visual Lee de Forest
Don Godfrey, Arizona State University: Radio Finds Its Eyes: The Advent of Still and Motion Picture Transmissions by C. Francis Jenkins
Mike Conway, Indiana University; CBS Experimentation During Television’s First Boom
Noah Arceneaux, San Diego State University; Radio Facsimile Newspapers of the 1930s and 40s



Tuesday April 17, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Conference Room 1

2:45pm PDT

The Situaton Comedy: History, Process, Writing, Impact
This panel will explore the TV genre - situation comedy - from a variety of perspectives. Included is comprehensive history of all situation comedies from the beginning of network radio up to the current day, including broadcast and cable TV. The panel will also include the a discussion of the history of a current sitcom project by its creator/producer; a look at the history of sitcom writing; and how sitcoms have impacted viewers' childhoods. Moderator: Mitchell Shapiro, University of Miami
Panelists: Dick Fisher, Award-winning filmmaker; A Case Study of the new sitcom "Stardust & the Bandit"
Rich Halke, Television Writer; A Discussion of the Writing Process for Situation Comedies
Amber Robertson, University of Miami; An Analysis of Viewers' Thoughts on Growing Up with Situation Comedies
Mitchell Shapiro, University of Miami; A History of the Situation Comedy: 1922-2010


Tuesday April 17, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Conference Room 1

4:15pm PDT

Collecting and Using Oral Histories

Oral histories help preserve stories that might otherwise be lost. While there are certainly oral histories of prominent individuals, oral histories often help democratize history, giving voice to those whose stories are not often told. This panel provides an overview of the oral history process, from preparation to used them in research. Topics: Preparing for the Interview; Working with High Profile Subjects; Conducting the Interview; Incorporating Oral Histories into Your Research.
Moderator: Norman E. Youngblood, Auburn University
Panelists: Mike Conway, Indiana University; Incorporating Oral Histories into Your Research and Teaching
Michael Murray, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Working with High Profile Subjects
Joel Beeson, West Virginia University; Preparing for and Conducting the Interview



Tuesday April 17, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Conference Room 1