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 https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

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part I|62 pages

Understanding radio and podcasting

chapter 1|10 pages

But is it radio?

New forms and voices in the audio private sphere

chapter 3|10 pages

Listening back

Materiality, mediatization, and method in radio history

chapter 4|10 pages

Radio and sound studies

How we got here

chapter 6|10 pages

Understanding radio archives

Coalitional historiography and sound memory work

part II|96 pages


chapter 7|10 pages

Radio and democratic citizenship

chapter 8|8 pages

For anyone who's someone

Early radio's democratic promise

chapter 9|10 pages

Radio in New Zealand

The neoliberal experiment comes of age

chapter 10|9 pages

Forming networks

National radio networks − public, state, and commercial

chapter 12|9 pages

Transborder broadcasting

Warfare, propaganda, and public diplomacy on the airwaves

chapter 14|9 pages

When big business was in show business

US radio before television

chapter 15|8 pages

Ethereal gender

Thoughts on the history of radio and women's voices

chapter 16|13 pages

‘When she can not be seen’

Constructing the commercial accent of women's voices in Clara, Lu ‘n’ Em

part III|120 pages

Formats, genres, and aesthetics

chapter 17|12 pages

Radio fever?

The health roots of early radio

chapter 18|9 pages

Nobody knows anything

Recessive epistemologies in true crime podcasting

chapter 20|10 pages

Radio formats

Sound rules for addressing the narrowcast audience commodity

chapter 21|9 pages

BBC Woman's Hour

chapter 23|11 pages

The traffic in feelings

The car-radio assemblage

chapter 24|10 pages

Radio features dead or alive?

chapter 25|10 pages

From Phoebe's Fall to The Last Voyage of the Pong Su

How an Australian newspaper made hit narrative podcasts

chapter 27|8 pages

Podcasting's transmedia liveness

part IV|93 pages

Radio and podcast publics

chapter 29|11 pages

Community radio as development radio

A critical analysis of third-sector radio in South Asia

chapter 30|10 pages

Uneasy allies

Community radio and communication for social change

chapter 33|12 pages

Women FM (W.FM)

The women-focused radio station amplifying the voices of Nigerian women

chapter 34|9 pages

Radyo Tanudan

Sonic collectivities in a Philippine village

chapter 37|10 pages

The evolving genre of Prisoner Radio

An international examination

part V|90 pages

Markets, platforms, and technologies

chapter 38|8 pages

‘This is so cool – radio at my fingertips!’

Young people's responses to Radio Garden 1

chapter 39|10 pages

TAPING radio

Recording memories

chapter 40|9 pages

What is a podcast?

Mapping the technical, cultural, and sonic boundaries between radio and podcasting

chapter 42|11 pages

From niche to mainstream

The emergence of a podcasting culture and market in the Italian radio context

chapter 43|9 pages

The new role of music radio formats

The platformization of the radio system?

chapter 44|10 pages

How radio is remediated in streaming

The case of radio in Spotify

chapter 45|11 pages

Artificial intelligence and radio broadcasting

Opportunities and challenges in the Chinese context

chapter 46|10 pages

Radio automation

Sonic control in American broadcasting