Abstract

Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, the top “institutional” (or corporate image) advertising agency of the 1940s, oversaw the drama-anthology radio program Theatre Guild on the Air (1945–1953) for US Steel to improve its client’s public image at a time of labor strikes and antitrust actions. Drawing on archival sources, I integrate analysis of institutional advertising strategies, particularly the need for tight associations between sponsors and programs, into a reconsideration of the struggle over casting control—or blacklisting—on Theatre Guild on the Air during the postwar Red Scare.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2087
Print ISSN
0009-7101
Pages
pp. 55-83
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-10
Open Access
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