Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Warren Francke


The deregulation of the radio industry started, not in 1980 with the Reagan administration, but in 1972 when the Federal Communications Commission began an in-house study to examine all technical broadcast regulations. With this study, the F.C.C. started to review the scope of all its regulations related to radio. This review led to formalized rulemaking which began on September 27, 1979, when the Commission issued a "Notice of Inquiry and Proposed Rulemaking: In the Matter of Deregulation of Radio." The rulemaking process culminated on February 24, 1981, with a "Report and Order (Proceeding Terminated): In the Matter of Deregulation of Radio." The "Report and Order" deregulated radio in the areas of nonentertainment programming, ascertainment of issues of concerns to the community of license, amount (total time) of commercials per hour and program logs.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Robert D. Hancock May, 1988