In his three-hour interview, Erik Barnouw (1908-2001) talks about his early years and attending Princeton University. He describes working for an advertising agency and dealing with the sponsorship of many early radio programs. He recounts becoming a broadcasting teacher at Columbia University and creating the early program Seminar for ABC, which was broadcast live from Columbia. He recalls writing for the historical radio drama Cavalcade of America, and later heading the Armed Forces Radio Services education unit during World War II. Barnouw outlines the Golden Age of Television and describes writing an adaptation of Hedda Gabler for The U.S. Steel Hour. He speaks of the Hollywood Blacklist as well as the Quiz Show Scandals of the 1950s. He details writing his three-volume book A History of Broadcasting in the United States and also directing the PBS documentary Hiroshima Nagasaki August, 1945. He concludes by discussing public access television and opining on media consolidation. Dr. Ralph Engelman conducted the interview on December 10, 1998 in Fairhaven, VT.