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Studying Religion and Media

Research tools for RELI 14 / HDS 2043

Radio and Television Broadcasts

Radio Broadcasts

Historical radio news broadcasts can be difficult to find. Here are two sources to consult in addition to web searching.

U.S. radio and television broadcasts dating back to the 1950s.

A mix of contemporary and historical radio and audio recordings.

Television Broadcasts

Television broadcasts tend to be easier to find than radio broadcasts. Try these sites in addition to YouTube.

Film and television archive dating from the 1920s to the present day.
U.S. network news programs from 1968 to the current date.
Digitized Boston-area news programs dating from the early 1960s to 2000.
Content from 2009 forward, includes national as well as local broadcasts.
Complete runs of many of the most important newsreel providers of the early 20th century, U.S. and international
Collection of newsreels along with video recounting historic events.

Contemporary Religious Broadcasting

For an idea of the landscape of contemporary religious television programming, look at this list of the hundreds of channels available through the Roku streaming service. (You need to scroll for a while to see non-Christian programming.) Many of these channels also put some, or all of their programming on the web for free.

Selected religious stations available to view on the web:

Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

Jewish Broadcasting Service

Islam Channel

The Buddhist Media Network