1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Radio and Podcast Studies

Edited By Mia Lindgren, Jason Loviglio Copyright 2022
    502 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 42 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.


    Part I Understanding Radio and Podcasting

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

    3. Tiziano Bonini 
    4. Podcasting as a Hybrid Cultural Form Between Old and New Media

    5. Kate Lacey 
    6. Listening Back: Materiality, Mediatization, and Method in Radio History 

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

    9. Britta Jorgensen and Mia Lindgren
    10. 'Pause and reflect' – practice-as-research methods in radio and podcast studies

    11. Josh Shepperd
    12. Understanding Radio Archives: Coalitional Historiography and Sound Memory Work

      Part II Histories

    13. David Goodman
    14. Radio and Democratic Citizenship

    15. Len Kuffert 
    16. For anyone who’s someone: early radio’s democratic promise

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

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

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

    23. Nelson Ribeiro 
    24. Transborder Broadcasting: Warfare, Propaganda, and Public Diplomacy on the Airwaves

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

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

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

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

      Part III Formats, Genres, and Aesthetics

    33. Bill Kirkpatrick 
    34. Radio Fever? The Health Roots of Early Radio

    35. Neil Verma
    36. Nobody Knows Anything: Recessive Epistemologies in True Crime Podcasting

    37. Kathleen Battles and Amanda Keeler
    38. True Crime and Audio Media

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

    41. Kate Murphy
    42. BBC Woman’s Hour 

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

    45. Jason Loviglio 
    46. The Traffic in Feelings: The Car-Radio Assemblage

    47. Lyn Gallacher 
    48. Radio features dead or alive?

    49. Siobhan McHugh
    50. From Phoebe’s Fall to The Last Voyage of the Pong Su: How an Australian Newspaper Made Hit Narrative Podcasts

    51. Toni Sellas and Maria Gutierrez
    52. Podcasting and Journalism in the Spanish-Speaking World

    53. Alyn M. Euritt
    54. Podcasting's Transmedia Liveness

    55. Leslie McMurtry
    56. Transgressing Boundary Rituals on Radio

       Part IV Radio and Podcast Publics

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

    59. Bridget Backhaus and Jo Tacchi
    60. Uneasy allies: community radio and communication for social change 

    61. Alejandra Bronfman
    62. Radio, Decolonization, and Decoloniality in the Caribbean

    63. Emma Heywood
    64. Radio's role in empowering women in conflict-affected areas 

    65. Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle
    66. Women FM (W.FM): The Women-focused Radio Station Amplifying the Voices of Nigerian Women

    67. James Gabrillo 
    68. Radyo Tanudan: Sonic Collectivities in a Philippine Village 

    69. Dolores Inés Casillas
    70. Listening to Don Cheto on Contemporary US Spanish-language Radio

    71. Neroli Price
    72. Can True Crime Podcasts Make Structural Violence Audible?

    73. Heather Anderson, Charlotte Bedford, and Urszula Doliwa
    74. The evolving genre of Prisoner Radio: An international examination

      Part V Markets, Platforms, and Technologies

    75. Caroline Mitchell and Peter Lewis
    76. 'This is so cool - radio at my fingertips!' Young people’s responses to Radio Garden

    77. Zita Joyce
    78. Taping Radio: Recording Memories

    79. Richard Berry
    80. What is a podcast? Mapping the technical, cultural, and sonic boundaries between radio and podcasting

    81. Dario Llinares
    82. ‘Podcast Studies’ and its Techno-Social Discourses

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

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

    87. Andreas Lenander Ægidius
    88. How Radio is Remediated in Streaming: The Case of Radio in Spotify

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

    91. Andy Kelleher Stuhl

    Radio Automation: Sonic Control in American Broadcasting


    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.