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Donna L. Halper

Donna L. Halper is a professor of communication and media studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former broadcaster and radio consultant, she is the author of six books, including Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting (2014) and Boston Radio 1920-2010 (2011).  A widely-quoted media historian, she has written articles for both scholarly and mass-appeal publications. Among her recent articles are a profile of the first black sportscaster, Jocko Maxwell, for the Society for American Baseball Research, and an in-depth exploration of one of America’s first radio stations, “Preserving the Story of Greater Boston’s Pioneering Broadcast Stations 1XE and WGI,” for the AWA Review. She can be found on Twitter @DevorahLeah and on Facebook. She blogs at

from the cover of Radio-Electronics, June 1949, Volume 20, Number 9

Can Radio Really Educate?

In the 1920s, radio was an exciting new mass medium. It was known for providing entertainment, but educators wondered if it could also be used for education.