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Samuel C.O. Holt Papers


Samuel C.O. Holt Papers
Holt, Samuel C.O.
Collection number:
NPBA 92-63
33.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1951-1995 and undated
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Samuel C. O. Holt started his public broadcasting career in 1969, when he directed a Public Radio Study, commissioned by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Ford Foundation. This study "outlined a course of action followed by CPB in developing a national system of public radio." From 1970 to 1973, he was Coordinator of Programming at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). There, he developed and oversaw PBS's national program service; programming included Masterpiece Theatre, Firing Line, Zoom, and The Electric Company. He also was responsible for the oversight of the development of closed captioning and for initial efforts in the coordination of educational programs for classrooms. In 1977, Holt joined National Public Radio as Senior Vice President for Programming and directed the Programming Division until 1983. There, he created new programming services, including the new shows Morning Edition, NPR Playhouse, The Sunday Show, and NPR Plus. In addition, he expanded news coverage, developed the Public Radio Audience measurement system, began educational services, and initiated NPR's cassette marketing. The collection documents Holt's work as project director of the Public Radio Study from 1967 to 1969, as PBS's Coordinator of Programming from 1970 to 1973 and as NPR's Senior Vice President for Programming from 1977 to 1983.

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