Among the many awards he has received, is a recent David Sarnoff
Award for Advocacy.
(who rebounded many times after some unwise decisions) was a visionary, and Bill Paley recognized opportunities.
Wu's previous volume, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (2010), described the rise and fall of information industries through the exploits of disruptive founders: Theodore Vail, telephones; Adolph Zukor, movies; David Sarnoff
, radio and television; and Steve Jobs, personal computers.
By the postwar period, his fame and authority were so great that nothing could get between him and his adoring public, a vast popularity that had been pumped up by the blaring publicity machine of NBC and RCA, whose president, David Sarnoff
, had lured him into leading the new NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Paley, RCA Chairman David Sarnoff
, 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, and of course Hoover.
Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff
Professor of Management and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
NBC founder David Sarnoff
coined "Sarnoff's Law," which states that the value of a broadcast network is proportional to its number of viewers.
Less convincing was the section of the introduction that posits the idea of David Sarnoff
as a broadcasting visionary foretelling the impact of television on the imagined music star.
They included Faulkner's publisher Bennett Cerf as well as David Sarnoff
, Eddie Rickenbacker, Nelson Rockefeller, Marc Connelly, Leopold Stokowski, Frank Sinatra, Eugene O'Neill, J.
Thus he identifies Paul of Tarsus; Walt Whitman; Charles Cooley, a sociologist who first helped define communication theory early in the 20th century; David Sarnoff
, who spearheaded the radio broadcast model of mass communication in the 1920s and 1930s; and Robert Merton, another sociologist who collaborated for a decade in the 1940s at Colombia University with Paul Lazarsfeld to help refine the term as it was introduced as an academic field at mid-century.
RCA bigwig David Sarnoff
is said to have responded, "Well what would those [unprintable] suggest we doinvent some way that they could see Jolson and hear him at the same time?"
The book's 20 or so thumbnail profiles include such predictable characters as "Gentleman" Jimmy Walker, Lucky Luciano, Walter Winchell, David Sarnoff
, Dorothy Parker, Henry Luce, Bessie Smith, Babe Ruth, and Scott Fitzgerald.