History of Radio in Centre County” is an encyclopedia live talk by David Dzikowski planned for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E. College Ave., State College.
Dzikowski is a teaching professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State. He was the manager of WPSU-FM, Penn State’s NPR station, from 1986 to 1997 and the assistant director for public broadcasting-radio at WKYU-FM, Bowling Green, Kentucky, from 1997 to 1999. He will present a history of American radio with reference to radio developments in Centre County.
According to his article in the Centre County Encyclopedia of History and Culture, the history of radio in Centre County has been shaped by technological developments, social change and commercial interests. Radio is an intimate medium, and local stations are often the only stations available to listeners, even as they are impacted by distant economic trends and federal regulation.