Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s.
As part of a family history project, I've been jotting down reminiscences from my formative years growing up in the Midwestern suburbs in the late 1970s/very early 1980s. Since I grew up to be a musician/writer with a particular interest in sound and nostalgia, I've been soaking in the grainy, tube-warmed, digital-primitive aesthetic of television and radio in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
(This classic post
captures the sort of thing I'm referring to; also cf.
For further inspiration, I'd like to know what's been written about the experience of transmission media in rural or suburban communities in the days of UHF, community television, highly localized and/or pre-cable programming. I would accept everything from academic communications/media studies to evocative autobiographical sketches from the same era. This might include things like:
- Studies of local vs. national programming in suburban markets;
- Overviews of late 1970s/early 1980s television production technology;
- The history of public access television in non-urban areas;
- Articles written by preservationists of material from this era;
- Studies of TV advertising and cultural messages in the 1970s/1980s;
- The blooming of the VHS/Betamax era and home video recording.
A fairly wide net, I know, but I'm sure this has been handled in a variety of ways by cultural critics, broadcast historians, and others of that ilk. So, what should I read? (And aside from scouring YouTube and Vimeo for fabulously decayed VHS rips, are there any solid documentaries on the topic?)