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Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing, 4th Edition by Ted White

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6  Radio News

It is difficult to generalize about radio news operations and news programs because they seem to be constantly changing. One statement that can be made, however, is that newscasts on most local radio stations are getting shorter and less frequent. The demise of the significant role that radio had traditionally played in covering the news began with the unfortunate decision by the Federal Communications Commission that radio stations did not have to provide news as a public service. So, hundreds of radio stations decided they could save a lot of money by ending their news operations, and they did. The majority of those stations are either playing music or are in the “talk” business, and that business is, for the most part, conservative. ...

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