Eight Decades of American Television
Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik
Listen to podcast of Harry Castleman’s interview on WBZ radio.
"Castleman and Podrazik have put together a well-researched,
tightly written documentary on the development
of the television industry and the individuals
"The authors have meticulously documented an
in-depth survey of the entire world of TV trends
and programming from the industry’s beginnings,
presenting along the way some very judicious critical
"An honest but affectionate chronicle that never
loses sight of the more serious side of television
while, thankfully, not taking itself too seriously."—Atlanta Constitution
Harry Castleman’s interview
Harry Castleman practices law in Boston and has written seven other popular
culture books with Podrazik. He has worked as a media producer and consultant
for a number of political organizations and campaigns. He has also been a guest
lecturer on TV history at Boston University’s College of Communication.
Walter J. Podrazik is a communications and logistics consultant. He also serves as
television curator at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago and is
regularly quoted in media articles. As an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois
at Chicago, he teaches television history and analyzes the role of media in politics.
Book Description »[Close »]
Castleman and Podrazik present a sweeping season-by-season story,
capturing the essence of television from its inception to the contemporary
era of anytime access and online streaming, including every
prime time fall schedule since 1944. The authors have dug through the
mounds of obscure facts, offbeat anecdotes, and corporate strategies
that have made television a multibillion-dollar industry. Watching TV
provides a fascinating history of how the personalities, popular shows,
and coverage of key events have evolved across eight decades.
Full of facts, firsts, insights, and exploits, as well as rare and memorable
photographs, Watching TV is the standard history of American
television. This third edition includes coverage up through the mid-2010s and looks ahead to the next waves of change.
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8 1/2 x 11, 576 pages, 146 black-and-white illustrations, tables, index