Study Questions

  • What were the differences between the photograph and gramophone?

  • How did “soap operas” get their name? Explain the connection between the content and the target audience.

  • What was the significance of the Radio Music Box memo?

  • How did the rise of Motown mirror other events in US-American culture?

  • In what ways have the rap and hip-hop music genres been controversial? Explain.

  • What action did the FCC take in 1985 regarding radio ownership? How has the decision influenced the radio industry?

  • How is the recent evolution of formats and transmission methods similar to the early days of radio?

  • How do listeners benefit from Pandora and Spotify? How do these services impact record labels and musicians?