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Ralph B. Rogers Papers


Ralph B. Rogers Papers
Rogers, Ralph B.
Collection number:
NPBA 91-236
2.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1969-1990 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:

Industrialist and PBS executive Ralph B. Rogers had a long and successful career working for several industrial concerns before becoming interested in public broadcasting in the mid 1970's. In 1972, after a job as chairman of KERA in Dallas, Rogers chaired a board of lay chairman to examine the possibilities of long-range financing for public broadcasting. During this time, he also clarified the role of lay chairmen by creating and chairing the National Coordinating Committee for Governing Board Chairmen. In 1973, Rogers became chief executive of a recently reorganized Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), a position he used to improve relations with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Rogers remained in this position until Newton C. Minow succeeded him in 1978. The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports regarding the Office of Telecommunications Policy, the financing of public broadcasting, and the formation of PBS.

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