RECENT PUBLICATIONS IN RADIO (AND RELATED FIELDS)

Richard Butsch, ed. Media and Public Spheres. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
 

Includes case studies on media from print to the internet; from the UK and Europe to the US, to Australia and China. It includes three essays on radio and the public sphere, based on original research in England and the US: Michael Bailey, "Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting: The Historical Limits to Publicness" examines the history of the early BBC as an example of Foucault's governmentality and argues that, rather than creating an inclusive public sphere to allow a diversity of voices, BBC adopted a cultural uplift policy to educate the public and to counter the supposed degenerative effects of mass culture. Stephen Lax, "Digital Radio and the Diminution of the Public Sphere" explains the implications of new digital radio technology and policy in the UK. Smaller local stations, more community oriented and thus more suited to a public sphere are being displaced by larger ‘quasi-national’ stations, a re-feudalization resulting in a diminution of the public sphere. J. Zach Schiller, " On Becoming the Media: Low Power FM and the Alternative Public Sphere" studies a low-power US radio station as an alternative public sphere.


Michele Hilmes, “Front Line Family: Women’s Culture Comes to the BBC,” Media, Culture and Society 29:1, January 2007, 5-29.
 

The first British radio soap opera, Front Line Family, made its debut in 1941 on the BBC’s North American Service, as a propaganda vehicle aimed expressly at encouraging US entry into World War II. The terms of the debate over its origins show clearly how notions of “quality” and public service were both gendered and linked to notions of national identity, and how a popular yet “feminine” and “American” form like the domestic serial drama challenged those important cornerstones of the BBC ethos.


Michael Huntsberger, "Creativity, free expression, and professionalism: Value conflicts in US community radio," Southern Review (AU), V.39, N. 2, 2006.
 

This study investigates how the values of free expression and professionalism shape divergent approaches to audience service, and provide the basis for conflict in contemporary U.S. community radio stations. Using qualitative methods, the project explores the motivations, statements, and behaviors of program producers and managers to establish how these values contribute to cooperation and disagreement within community radio organizations. The study illustrates the delicate balance that exists between content-centered and audience-centered objectives, concluding that these core values have a pervasive effect on community radio’s capacity to promote social change through the media.


Susan Siegel and David S Siegel. A Resource Guide to the Golden Age of Radio: Special Collections, Bibliography and the Internet. Yorktown Heights, NY, Book Hunter Press, 2006.
  Contains 2,300 special collections in academic and public libraries, historical societies, museums, corporate archives and private collections; 1,400 bibliographic citations grouped into 54 subject categories; 100+ non commercial research oriented Internet sites; and a single Index that integrates the three types of resources and which can be searched by name, program or subject heading.
Susan and David S. Siegel, Radio Scripts In Print: Books Featuring 1,700 Golden Age of Radio Scripts. Yorktown Heights, NY, Book Hunter Press, 2006.
 

A resource for locating scripts when all other sources come up dry or aren't feasible or practical. Includes sources for scripts for popular series as well as one time only specials, all program genres, many programs not available in audio or other print formats and lesser known but historically important programs.


Mary Vipond, "The Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission in the 1930s: How Canada's First Public Broadcaster Negotiated 'Britishness,'" in P. Buckner and R.D. Francis, eds., Canada in the British World: Culture, Migration, and Identity (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006), pp. 270-87.
 

This was originally a paper given at one of a series of "British World" conferences, this one held in Calgary, Alberta in July 2003. It discusses how the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, Canada's first public broadcaster, used the British connection to establish its authority in the commercially oriented North American marketplace in the early 1930s. Specifically it examines two topics: the rather fraught relationship between the BBC and the CRBC with respect to the use of BBC programs on the CRBC's network, and the text of a radio drama the CRBC produced for the Empire Day broadcast of 1935.



 

 

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