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A Historical Examination of Interactive Overnight Talk Radio from the Foundations Established by Herb Jepko

Abstract The call-in talk radio format is one of the key formats of national talk programming. It was first thought to have originated in the early 1970s, when satellite distributed signals made national programs economical and the advent of the 1-800 telephone number allowed for cheaper long distance phone calls. However, this research reveals that the nationwide call-in format originated in 1964 by Herb Jepko, an overnight talk radio host who broadcast his show, Nitecap, from rural Salt Lake City, Utah on one of the country's most powerful clear channel stations, KSL 1160-AM. At the time Nitecap was launched, most radio executives were skeptical that national call-in talk radio could be successful. Yet, Jepko demonstrated that millions of peop... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Romney, Miles (Author) / Godfrey, Donald G. (Advisor) / Silcock, Burton (Committee member) / Matera, Frances (Committee member) / Vandermeer, Philip (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mass communication / History / Journalism
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 300 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Journalism and Mass Communication 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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