Radio and Society: New Thinking for an Old Medium

Radio is the original mass electronic medium and it continues to be critical for audiences wanting news, information, music and entertainment. For over a century enthusiasts, scholars, practitioners, governments, businesses and listeners have developed and influenced radio, making it a fascinating medium to explore today. There is still no mass medium as ubiquitous as radio and the Internet has extended its geographical and temporal reach even further. Radio remains a key media form and technology, not only surviving the challenges of the screen and digital ages, but developing despite and because of them.

This book is a collection of contemporary research by radio scholars from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It explores different aspects of this both simple and complex medium, from early radio histories to the contemporary developments of radio on the Internet. Chapters engage with critical debates about the role of government, business and communities in how radio is used in our societies. Some chapters provide important new insights into making radio, and radio as a cultural force. Other chapters explore developments in research methodologies that enable deeper insights into contemporary radio and its audiences. This book provides a range of platforms for engaging with radio and radio research as a rich, vibrant and fruitful way to further our understandings of the media and ultimately, ourselves.

Matt Mollgaard has been involved in radio for 25 years as a student, announcer, manager, programmer, producer, audio engineer, writer, teacher and researcher. He is currently the Head of Radio in the School of Communication Studies at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He chaired the Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum in 2011 and has co-edited the New Zealand Journal of Communication for a special international edition on radio. He has also published on public broadcasting and the Internet, student media, journalism in the digital age, broadcasting policy and issues of multinational ownership of national radio systems. He is particularly interested in broadening the discussion and scholarship around the study of radio and in helping new and emerging broadcasters and researchers to engage with this multifaceted and challenging medium.

''Matt Mollgaard offers this diverse collection of essays that illuminate some overlooked aspects from history, and some of the ways that the technology is evolving. The chapters are organized in a rough chronology, beginning with an examination of wireless amateurs in New Zealand before World War I, then following with a discussion of how newspapers helped to socially construct broadcasting in Canada in the 1930s. Later chapters explore the rise of offshore pirate radio in the UK, and the ways radio stations are adopting online platforms in the 21st century. This brief summary is not meant to suggest that all of these works are historical; one chapter, for example, focuses on the role of a radio in documenting Australian pop music, while another shows how marginalized groups, such as the Traveller community in England, can be integrated into mainstream society by community radio stations. [...] Despite the shortcomings of some of the chapters, any scholar with an interest in radio would likely find some material of value in this collection. In contrast to all the academic attention that is devoted to the latest innovations in media, such as social media, this anthology proves that the old stalwart technology of radio remains a rich subject of analysis.''
- Noah Arceneaux, Journal of Radio & Audio Media 20(1), 2013, pp. 212–213.

Pierre C. Belanger

Sam Coley

Harry Criticos

Janey Gordon

Matt Grimes

Peter Hoar

Anne MacLennan

Tom Morton

J. Mark Percival

Richard Rudin

Brent Simpson

Siobhan Stevenson

Tony Stoller

Helen Wolfenden

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ISBN: 1-4438-3607-9

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-3607-4

Release Date: 16th January 2012

Pages: 260

Price: £39.99