Religious Broadcasting

Religious broadcasting, particularly on television in the U.S. and Australia, was the earliest focus of my scholarly study, beginning with my PhD. While interest in research on media and religion has shifted over the past thirty years more towards cultural dimensions of media and religion and digital media, religious broadcasting remains an interesting phenomenon.


(2014) “Religious broadcasting.” 
With Brigid Griffen-Foley and Alison Healey. In Griffen-Foley, B. (Ed.)   A companion to the Australian media . North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 411-413.

(2006). “Down the tube: Religion on Australian commercial television.”
Media International Australia(121), 136-148.

(1990). “American religious programs in Australia.”
In S. Hoover & R. Abelman (Eds.), Religious television: Controversies and conclusions (pp. 313-328). Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publishing Corporation.
Available through Amazon.

(1988) “Issues in Australian religious broadcasting.” 
Australian Journal of Communication(14), 48-56.

(1985) “Evangelism by mail: letters from broadcasters.”
Journal of Communication, 35(1 (Winter)), 89-97.

(1984) Religious television : the American experience.
New York: Longman.
The original text of the book was typed on a Sears electric typewriter and typeset, so there was no digital copy and it’s now well out of print, though still available secondhand. Thanks to Bill Fore and his team at Religion Online, for this digital text.

(1982). “Religious broadcasting at the crossroads.”
The Christian Century (January 27), 87-90.

(1982). “Christian television: how effective is it?”
In D. Harris, D. Hynd, & D. Millikan (Eds.), The shape of belief: Christianity in Australia today. Homebush West: Lancer, pp. 175-181. (Australian Christian Book of the Year)

(1981). “‘And now a word from our sponsor:’ religious programs on American television.”
Revue Français D’Etude Americaines (12), 260-274.
Available through JSTOR

(1981) Religious television broadcasting: an analysis of the theological debate in light of the empirical research.
Doctor of Philosophy Doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston.
Text available as microfilm