May 28, 2004 Next week, Nielsen Media Research will roll out a new system for calculating local television ratings in and around New York City -- data used to help set advertising rates. Nielsen says the new method will improve the representation of cable TV viewers and TiVo users. But some activists say the new system undercounts minority viewers. NPR's Rick Karr reports.
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May 26, 2004 NPR's Madeleine Brand talks with Slate media critic Jack Shafer about Wednesday's admission by editors of The New York Times that some of the paper's reporting in the run-up to the Iraq war may have been flawed, in part because of "insider" information provided by disgraced Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi. Shafer has been calling on the Times to review its coverage of the past year.
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May 26, 2004 Does the Air America Radio Network have a future? Jon Kalish reports on the financial challenges facing the new liberal radio network and its prospects for survival.
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October 29, 1999 A story about radio station WHER in Memphis, billed as the first "All-Girl Radio Station" in the nation. It was started by Sam Phillips of Sun Studio fame in 1955 - just after he sold Elvis Presley's contract to Colonel Parker. Phillips gave women a chance to work both on the air, and in the sales department. It lasted 17-years. Independent producers Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson located 14 of the 40 women who worked at WHER.
October 1, 1999 In this week's installment of "Lost and Found Sound," Quest for Sound curator Jay Allison presents audio found by a listener in Newton Massachusetts. David Gullette found the disk at a flea market. It turned out to include the recorded voice of one of this country's most important broadcast producers at a young age. The disk featured 1941 Mutual Broadcasting System coverage of the inauguration of the Quonset Naval Marine Air Station in Rhode Island. The announcer is none other than the great Fred Friendly, who died just last year.
September 17, 1999 The year long series, Lost and Found Sound, presents the story of Sam Phillips, the man who founded and ran the Memphis Recording Service. Phillips was a rural boy with the dream of capturing songs of poor Southern people on records. He started in radio. Then, in the late 1940's, he opened a studio in Memphis. The sound he captured has helped shape rock and roll and American music ever since. We hear from Phillips, his family, friends, music experts and some of his recording talent, as they recall the years when Phillips came to realize his dream.
June 25, 1999 In another installment of our year-long series, "Lost and Found Sound," Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison takes us behind the scenes, to hear old recordings sent to us by listeners. We learn of the difficulties of finding equipment to play some rare audio formats, and how an expert, Steve Smolian, takes a defective item and tries to extract sounds from it. We hear some home recordings by relatives of listeners who have since passed away. Smolian warns laypeople against trying to listen to old formatted items themselves, for fear the original will be destroyed.
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