American Radio in China: International Encounters with by Michael A. Krysko

By Michael A. Krysko

Interwar period efforts to extend US radio into China floundered within the face of incorrect US guidelines and methods. located on the intersection of media experiences, expertise reviews, and US international relatives, this research frames the ill-fated radio tasks as symptomatic of an more and more afflicted US-East Asian dating earlier than the Pacific conflict.

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RCA Vice President David Sarnoff was pressuring RCA President James Harbord and Chairman of the Board Owen Young to focus RCA’s resources on the burgeoning American domestic broadcasting market. 8 million of RCA’s $65 million gross revenues.

The Japanese and British were threatening to claim substantial monetary damages if their contracts were violated. Japan’s looming threat to recall its outstanding loans – a substantial sum by the early 1920s – added to Yan’s concerns. Any such retaliatory action would probably spell the demise of the current regime. 28 Surprisingly, only days following this acrid exchange, Federal and the Chinese authorities broke the impasse that plagued the financial negotiations. 29 This development should have silenced the view that the new regime in Beijing was intractably pro-Japanese.

Nelson Johnson, MacMurray’s successor, also believed that the policy of supporting Federal reached a dead end largely due to Chinese intransigence. After meeting with RCA’s James Harbord in May 1926, Johnson invited the like-minded executive to draft the telegram that the State Department planned to send to the Chinese government. The resulting message underscored US frustrations. “The United States Government has consistently supported the principle of the ‘Open Door’ in China with regard to its external radio communications for five years,” Harbord’s draft began.

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