Date of Award

Spring 1971

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Price, Michael J.

Second Advisor

Kennedy, Robert M.

Third Advisor

Hellman, Hugo


The author's purpose in writing this thesis is to provide a history of the development of the Educational Communications Board in Wisconsin. Particular attention will be paid to the creation of the State Radio Council in 1938 and 1945, with a detailed study of state legislation, Council goals, and achievements. The author will also attempt to correlate broadcasting history (i.e., the development of Frequency Modulation [FM] radio and the development of television) with added goals of the original State Radio Council. Attention will then be focused on two major changes in 1967 and 1968. The first change was the abolition of the Wisconsin State Radio Council and the creation of the Educational Broadcasting Board. And the second major change was the transition from the Educational Broadcasting Board to the present Educational Communications Board. The author will, in conclusion, look to the future prospects of the Educational Communications Board, the proposed statewide educational television network, and other goals of the Board. Through all stages of development of the Educational Communications Board, the author will compare legislation, responsibilities, achievements, and membership of the Radio Council, Broadcasting Board, and Communications Board.