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The Golden Age of Boston Television
Terry Ann Knopf

2017 • 224 pp. 8 illus. 6 x 9"
Popular Culture

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-905-1
$19.99 Ebook, 978-1-5126-0104-6

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“Athoroughly researched, station-by-station examination of the programs, players, and network battles that turned Boston TV into a player on the national stage. . . . A candid and thoughtful book.”    —Boston Globe

A fascinating account of local television in Boston from the 1970s to the early 1990s, when it offered the best local programming in America

There are some two hundred TV markets in the country, but only one—Boston, Massachusetts—hosted a Golden Age of local programming. In this lively insider account, Terry Ann Knopf chronicles the development of Boston television, from its origins in the 1970s through its decline in the early 1990s. During TV’s heyday, not only was Boston the nation’s leader in locally produced news, programming, and public affairs, but it also became a model for other local stations around the country. It was a time of award-winning local newscasts, spirited talk shows, thought-provoking specials and documentaries, ambitious public service campaigns, and even originally produced TV films featuring Hollywood stars. Knopf also shows how this programming highlighted aspects of Boston’s own history over two turbulent decades, including the treatment of highly charged issues of race, sex, and gender—and the stations’ failure to challenge the Roman Catholic Church during its infamous sexual abuse scandal.

Laced with personal insights and anecdotes, The Golden Age of Boston Television offers an intimate look at how Boston’s television stations refracted the city’s culture in unique ways, while at the same time setting national standards for television creativity and excellence.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“It’s a book that ought to be required reading at schools of communication, because it’s a prescription for something that we all agree is sorely needed these days — better television.” The ARTery, WBUR

“Full of verve and wit. . . . A wise, lively tour through the characters and events that shaped the Boston television scene—and an insightful exploration of how those events shaped the screens we gaze at today."—Erich Schwartzel, The Wall Street Journal

“Well written and easy to read, [Knopf’s] book is part memoir and part historical account. Ideal for media studies and broadcast students. . . . Recommended.”

“Full of verve and wit. . . . A wise, lively tour through the characters and events that shaped the Boston television scene—and an insightful exploration of how those events shaped the screens we gaze at today.”—Erich Schwartzel, entertainment reporter, the Wall Street Journal

“Knopf’s ability to wrap a pop cultural golden era in a historical and social context makes this an important book about the way we lived—and what we watched.”—Monica Collins, former TV critic for USA Today and the Boston Herald

“A lively, readable history packed with insight and anecdotes on every page. . . . An indispensable book.”—Jonathan Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and director, Northeastern University School of Journalism

“In an era of increasing mistrust of almost all media, this book takes readers back to a time when the news and programming produced in Boston served as the model for the nation.”—Mark Jurkowitz, former associate director, Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project, and former Boston Globe media writer

TERRY ANN KNOPF has worked as a TV critic for the Miami Herald and the Patriot Ledger. She was also a Boston Globe correspondent, specializing in the arts and media. Her articles on the media have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, the New York Times, the Ladies Home’ Journal and Boston Magazine, and in numerous journals and anthologies. A three-time winner as Best TV Critic in Boston Magazine’s annual Best-of-Boston awards, she was also voted Best Columnist by the New England Women’s Press Association. Most recently, Knopf taught courses in arts criticism and media criticism in the Department of Journalism at Boston University for more than a dozen years.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:50:30 -0500