Chapter 14. Media

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Robert S. Fortner

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch14

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Fortner, R. S. (2010) Media, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch14

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • new media development in the United States - attracting interest within religious circles;
  • mid-nineteenth century - telegraph lines as “lightning lines”;
  • wireless development - at turn of twentieth century, delivering interest content through radio;
  • religion, a place in radio networks' programming - crucial part of American experience;
  • divisive struggle, among factions of Christian tradition in America;
  • early rock ‘n’ rollers, and country singers - producing gospel music (with Elvis the best known);
  • James Dobson's “Focus on the Family” - joined talk shows, long-standing testimony-based dramas, as “Unshackled!”;
  • Pat Robertson establishing CBN - Christian Broadcasting Network CBN;
  • elements of the Christian Church, protecting public service function of American broadcasting;
  • Christians, believing that film and television production system - change from the inside, training Christians to work in the industry


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  • Bibliography