New PDF release: Discovering the Hidden Listener: An Empirical Assessment of

By R. Eugene Parta

ISBN-10: 0817947329

ISBN-13: 9780817947323

A pariah throughout the chilly conflict, Radio Liberty was once eventually accredited as a sound player at the Russian media scene by way of the professionals themselves. How did it occur that Radio Liberty—once the main vilified of Western broadcasters within the Soviet Union—had gathered this sort of giant viewers that it used to be capable of event its best hour protecting a similar democratic forces that it had nurtured over nearly 4 a long time of broadcasting?

Based on greater than 50,000 interviews performed with Soviet electorate touring outdoor the USSR throughout the interval 1972–1990, this publication makes an attempt to reply to the query from the listeners' viewpoint: what percentage listeners have been there? Who have been they? Why did they hear? How did they pay attention? What did the proclaims suggest to them? Did they make a distinction? the writer addresses viewers measurement and listening developments over the years, the location Western radio occupied within the Soviet media surroundings, listeners' demographic qualities and attitudes, the evolution of a twin of varied Western broadcasters, and listeners' programming personal tastes. via six short case reports, he additionally seems on the function of Western radio in numerous drawback situations.

The ebook concludes with a few observations in regards to the final impression of Western radio and Radio Liberty—what they really intended to their listeners and the way their impression can have encouraged or bolstered different trends at paintings within the USSR because it moved towards a freer society.

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