Arts and Entertainment

Television in America

In the 1950's, television programming started improving in America. Comedy shows, on-the-scene news reports, sports events, dramas, and children's programs were all programs on television.

The first broadcast, beginning in 1949, only reached a small part of the East Coast and offered only two hours of programs per week. The reason for the television industry soaring was because of Post-World War II innovations such as microwave relays, which could transmit television waves over long distances. The Federal Communications Commission then allowed 500 new television stations to broadcast.

The significance of the television being able to play things like news reports is that it could easily get information to people around the world. Also playing things like comedy and drama shows kept people entertained.

Radios and Movies

During the 1950's, radios stations didn't compete with the popularity of the television, they started playing local programming of news, weather, music and community issues. Because of this, radio stations increased by 50 percent and radio advertising rose by 35 percent.

In 1948, 18,500 movie theaters had drawn about 90 million paid admissions per week. Instead of crumbling and going away because of the decrease of moviegoers, they capitalized on the advantages that movies held over television. Movies also started having three-dimensional images which were viewed through special glasses that the theater supplied.