Journalism Department instructor Pat Farabaugh presented his dissertation project, titled “Carl McIntire and his Crusade to Topple the Fairness Doctrine,” at the annual national conference of the American Journalism Historians Association. The conference was held in Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 7–10.
Farabaugh’s research focuses on political communications within the U.S. radio and television industries. He explores these areas through the use of historical and ethnographic research methods. His dissertation project explores the story of Carl McIntire, a radio commentator, and WXUR, a former radio station outside Philadelphia, and their role in the demise of the Fairness Doctrine. WXUR is the only radio or television station in American history to be denied license renewal by the Federal Communications Commission as a direct result of Fairness Doctrine violations.
In his third year as an instructor in the department, Farabaugh also works as a freelance writer and radio broadcaster. His most recent freelance writing, a feature story for the September 2009 issue of Johnstown (Pa.) Magazine, detailed the history and tradition of potato farming in Pennsylvania’s Cambria County. He provides play-by-play on high school football broadcasts for WWGE-AM 1400 in Ebensburg and WKGE-AM 850 in Johnstown.