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More Than a Music Box

Radio Cultures and Communities in a Multi-Media World

Edited by Andrew Crisell

336 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-473-9 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (February 2004)

ISBN  978-1-84545-046-5 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (April 2006)

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“The editor freely admits the book is a snapshot, a ‘spread of impressions’, but the range of approaches and insights are its strength…these rich, varied and reflective, if not obviously connected, articles add to fascinating discussion of how we listen, what we got out of it and just what it is that makes radio, radio.” - The Radio Journal


Since the rise of television, much radio consists of 'capsule' news and music formats which are heard as background to other activities. However the medium offers a great deal more. This collection of essays shows how in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and the South Pacific, radio continues to provide distinctive forms of content for the individual listener, yet also enables ethnic and cultural groups to maintain their sense of identity. Ranging from radio among the primordial communities to digital broadcasting and the internet, these essays suggest that the benefits and gratifications which radio confers remain unique and irreplaceable in this multi-media age.

Andrew Crisell is Professor of Broadcasting Studies at the University of Sunderland. He is the author of Understanding Radio (2nd edition 1994) and An Introductory History of British Broadcasting (2nd edition 2002).

Subject: General Cultural Studies Media Studies


General Introduction
Andrew Crisell


Chapter 1. Look with Thine Ears: BBC Radio 4 and Its Significance in a Multi-Media Age
Andrew Crisell

Chapter 2. BBC Radio 5 Live: Extending Choice Through ‘Radio Bloke’?
Guy Starkey

Chapter 3. U.S. Public Radio: What is It – and For Whom?
Bob Lochte

Chapter 4. Digital Reflections of Finnish Speech Journalism: YLE Radio Peili
Marko Ala-Fossi


Chapter 5. Indigenous Radio in Canada
Valerie Alia

Chapter 6. Native American Radio: Wolakota Wiconi Waste
Bruce L. Smith

Chapter 7. National Public Service Radio in the South Pacific: A Community Loudspeaker
Helen Molnar

Chapter 8. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away: Gay Radio, Past and Present
Alan Beck

Chapter 9. Continuities and Change in Women’s Radio
Kate Lacey


Chapter 10. ‘Reality Radio’: The Documentary
David Hendy

Chapter 11. Radio and Popular Culture in Germany: Radio Culture Between Comedy and ‘Event-isation’
Andreas Hepp

Chapter 12. Radio as a Medium for Poetry
Mike Ladd

Chapter 13. A Medium for Mateship: Commercial Talk Radio in Australia
Terry Flew

Chapter 14. Fireside Issues: Audience, Listener, Soundscape
Frances Gray


Chapter 15. Dutch Web Radio as a Medium for Audience Interaction
Martine van Selm, Nicholas W. Jankowski and Bibi Kleijn

Chapter 16. Speech Radio in the Digital Age
Richard Berry

Notes on Contributors

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