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The Routledge Companion to Radio and Podcast Studies

ISBN 9780367432638
Published June 16, 2022 by Routledge
502 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive companion is a much-needed reference source for the expanding field of radio, audio, and podcast study, taking readers through a diverse range of essays examining the core questions and key debates surrounding radio practices, technologies, industries, policies, resources, histories, and relationships with audiences.

Drawing together original essays from well-established and emerging scholars to conceptualize this multidisciplinary field, this book’s global perspective acknowledges radio’s enduring affinity with the local, historical relationship to the national, and its unpredictably transnational reach. In its capacious understanding of what constitutes radio, this collection also recognizes the latent time-and-space shifting possibilities of radio broadcasting, and of the myriad ways for audio to come to us 'live.' Chapters on terrestrial radio mingle with studies of podcasts and streaming audio, emphasizing continuities and innovations in form and content, delivery and reception, production cultures and aesthetics, reminding us that neither 'radio' nor 'podcasting' should be approached as static objects of analysis but rather as mutually constituting cultural forms.

This cutting-edge and vibrant companion provides a rich resource for scholars and students of history, art theory, industry studies, journalism, media and communication, cultural studies, feminist analysis, and postcolonial studies.

Table of Contents


Part I Understanding Radio and Podcasting

1 But Is It Radio? New Forms and Voices in the Audio Private Sphere Michele Hilmes

2 Podcasting as a Hybrid Cultural Form Between Old and New Media Tiziano Bonini 

3 Listening Back: Materiality, Mediatization and Method in Radio History Kate Lacey 

4 Radio and Sound Studies: How We Got Here Susan J. Douglas 

5 'Pause and Reflect': Practice-as-Research Methods in Radio and Podcast Studies Britta Jorgensen and Mia Lindgren

6 Understanding Radio Archives: Coalitional Historiography and Sound Memory Work Josh Shepperd

Part II Histories

7 Radio and Democratic Citizenship David Goodman

8 For Anyone Who’s Someone: Early Radio’s Democratic Promise Len Kuffert 

9 Radio in New Zealand: The Neoliberal Experiment Comes of Age Matt Mollgaard and Rufus McEwan

10 Forming Networks: National Radio Networks − Public, State, and Commercial Anne F. MacLennan

11 Listening to Radio in South Africa, 1920s-1994 Thokozani N. Mhlambi

12 Transborder Broadcasting: Warfare, Propaganda, and Public Diplomacy on the Airwaves Nelson Ribeiro 

13 Reactionary Conservatism and Legacies of Struggle in US Radio History Derek W. Vaillant 

14 When Big Business was in Show Business: US Radio Before Television Cynthia B. Meyers

15 Ethereal Gender: Thoughts on the History of Radio and Women’s Voices Christine Ehrick 

16 ‘When She Can Not Be Seen’: Constructing the Commercial Accent of Women’s Voices in Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em Jennifer Hyland Wang 

Part III Formats, Genres, and Aesthetics

17 Radio Fever? The Health Roots of Early Radio Bill Kirkpatrick 

18 Nobody Knows Anything: Recessive Epistemologies in True Crime Podcasting Neil Verma

19 True Crime and Audio Media Kathleen Battles and Amanda Keeler

20 Radio Formats: Sound Rules for Addressing the Narrowcast Audience Commodity Alexander T. Russo 

21 BBC Woman’s Hour Kate Murphy

22 The Enduring Significance of The War of the Worlds as Broadcast Event Kathleen Battles and Joy Elizabeth Hayes 

23 The Traffic in Feelings: The Car Radio Assemblage Jason Loviglio 

24 Radio Features Dead or Alive? Lyn Gallacher 

25 From Phoebe’s Fall to The Last Voyage of the Pong Su: How an Australian Newspaper Made Hit Narrative Podcasts Siobhán McHugh

26 Podcasting and Journalism in the Spanish-Speaking World Toni Sellas and Maria Gutieìrrez

27 Podcasting's Transmedia Liveness Alyn M. Euritt

28 Transgressing Boundary Rituals on Radio Leslie McMurtry

Part IV Radio and Podcast Publics

29 Community Radio as Development Radio: A Critical Analysis of Third-Sector Radio in South Asia Vinod Pavarala, Kanchan K. Malik, and Aniruddha Jena

30 Uneasy Allies: Community Radio and Communication for Social Change Bridget Backhaus and Jo Tacchi

31 Radio, Decolonization, and Decoloniality in the Caribbean Alejandra Bronfman

32 Radio's Role in Empowering Women in Conflict-Affected Areas Emma Heywood

33 Women FM (W.FM): The Women-Focused Radio Station Amplifying the Voices of Nigerian Women Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle

34 Radyo Tanudan: Sonic Collectivities in a Philippine Village James Gabrillo 

35 Listening to Don Cheto on Contemporary US Spanish-Language Radio Dolores Inés Casillas

36 Can True Crime Podcasts Make Structural Violence Audible? Neroli Price

37 The evolving genre of Prisoner Radio: An International Examination Heather Anderson, Charlotte Bedford, and Urszula Doliwa

Part V Markets, Platforms, and Technologies

38 'This Is So Cool - Radio at My Fingertips!' Young People’s Responses to Radio Garden Caroline Mitchell and Peter Lewis

39 Taping the Radio: Recording Memories Zita Joyce

40 What Is a Podcast? Mapping the Technical, Cultural, and Sonic Boundaries Between Radio and Podcasting Richard Berry

41 ‘Podcast Studies’ and its Techno-Social Discourses Dario Llinares

42 From Niche to Mainstream: The Emergence of a Podcasting Culture and Market in the Italian Radio Context Marta Perrotta

43 The New Role of Music Radio Formats: The Platformization of the Radio System? J. Ignacio Gallego

44 How Radio is Remediated in Streaming: The Case of Radio in Spotify Andreas Lenander Aegidius

45 Artificial Intelligence and Radio Broadcasting: Opportunities and Challenges in the Chinese Context Meng Wei, Salvatore Scifo, and Yuanchun Xu

46 Radio Automation: Sonic Control in American Broadcasting Andy Kelleher Stuhl



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Mia Lindgren is Professor of Media at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her research examines forms of audio storytelling, with attention to podcast and health journalism. She combines practice-based research, applied through audio productions, with traditional scholarship.

Jason Loviglio is Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. He has written and edited books and articles on radio and podcasting.

Mia Lindgren and Jason Loviglio co-edit Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media.


"Radio's long history shines in this Routledge volume along with a spotlight on successes and new technology challenges for podcasting. The 46 chapters are complementary to one another and it's a great collection that will be cherished by historians and academics." -Kim Fox, American University in Cairo, Egypt.

"A rich, kaleidoscopic view into contemporary studies on all forms of audio media." Marko Ala-Fossi, Tampere University, Finland.

timely, necessary, and deep examination of audio history, genres, formats, audiences, markets, platforms, and technology. - Emma Rodero, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain.