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.

chapter |6 pages


ByMia Lindgren, Jason Loviglio

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
ByMichele Hilmes

chapter 2|11 pages

Podcasting as a hybrid cultural form between old and new media

ByTiziano Bonini

chapter 3|10 pages

Listening back

Materiality, mediatization, and method in radio history
ByKate Lacey

chapter 4|10 pages

Radio and sound studies

How we got here
BySusan J. Douglas

chapter 5|9 pages

‘Pause and reflect’Practice-as-research methods in radio and podcast studies

ByBritta Jorgensen, Mia Lindgren

chapter 6|10 pages

Understanding radio archives

Coalitional historiography and sound memory work
ByJosh Shepperd

part II|96 pages


chapter 7|10 pages

Radio and democratic citizenship

ByDavid Goodman

chapter 8|8 pages

For anyone who's someone

Early radio's democratic promise
ByLen Kuffert

chapter 9|10 pages

Radio in New Zealand

The neoliberal experiment comes of age
ByMatt Mollgaard, Rufus McEwan

chapter 10|9 pages

Forming networks

National radio networks − public, state, and commercial
ByAnne F. MacLennan

chapter 11|10 pages

Listening to radio in South Africa, 1920s–1994

ByThokozani N. Mhlambi

chapter 12|9 pages

Transborder broadcasting

Warfare, propaganda, and public diplomacy on the airwaves
ByNelson Ribeiro

chapter 13|8 pages

Reactionary conservatism and legacies of struggle in US radio history

ByDerek W. Vaillant

chapter 14|9 pages

When big business was in show business

US radio before television
ByCynthia B. Meyers

chapter 15|8 pages

Ethereal gender

Thoughts on the history of radio and women's voices
ByChristine Ehrick

chapter 16|13 pages

‘When she can not be seen’

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

part III|120 pages

Formats, genres, and aesthetics

chapter 17|12 pages

Radio fever?

The health roots of early radio
ByBill Kirkpatrick

chapter 18|9 pages

Nobody knows anything

Recessive epistemologies in true crime podcasting
ByNeil Verma

chapter 19|10 pages

True crime and audio media

ByKathleen Battles, Amanda Keeler

chapter 20|10 pages

Radio formats

Sound rules for addressing the narrowcast audience commodity
ByAlexander T. Russo

chapter 21|9 pages

BBC Woman's Hour

ByKate Murphy

chapter 22|9 pages

The enduring significance of The War of the Worlds as broadcast event

ByKathleen Battles, Joy Elizabeth Hayes

chapter 23|11 pages

The traffic in feelings

The car-radio assemblage
ByJason Loviglio

chapter 24|10 pages

Radio features dead or alive?

ByLyn Gallacher

chapter 25|10 pages

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

How an Australian newspaper made hit narrative podcasts
BySiobhán McHugh

chapter 26|10 pages

Podcasting and journalism in the Spanish-speaking world

ByToni Sellas, Maria Gutiérrez

chapter 27|8 pages

Podcasting's transmedia liveness

ByAlyn M. Euritt

chapter 28|10 pages

Transgressing boundary rituals on radio

ByLeslie McMurtry

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
ByVinod Pavarala, Kanchan K. Malik, Aniruddha Jena

chapter 30|10 pages

Uneasy allies

Community radio and communication for social change
ByBridget Backhaus, Jo Tacchi

chapter 31|10 pages

Radio, decolonization, and decoloniality in the Caribbean

ByAlejandra Bronfman

chapter 32|9 pages

Radio's role in empowering women in conflict-affected areas

ByEmma Heywood

chapter 33|12 pages

Women FM (W.FM)

The women-focused radio station amplifying the voices of Nigerian women
ByGaniyat Tijani-Adenle

chapter 34|9 pages

Radyo Tanudan

Sonic collectivities in a Philippine village
ByJames Gabrillo

chapter 35|10 pages

Listening to Don Cheto on contemporary US Spanish-language radio

ByDolores Inés Casillas

chapter 36|10 pages

Can true crime podcasts make structural violence audible?

ByNeroli Price

chapter 37|10 pages

The evolving genre of Prisoner Radio

An international examination
ByHeather Anderson, Charlotte Bedford, Urszula Doliwa

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
ByCaroline Mitchell, Peter Lewis

chapter 39|10 pages

TAPING radio

Recording memories
ByZita Joyce

chapter 40|9 pages

What is a podcast?

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

chapter 41|10 pages

‘Podcast studies’ and its techno-social discourses

ByDario Llinares

chapter 42|11 pages

From niche to mainstream

The emergence of a podcasting culture and market in the Italian radio context
ByMarta Perrotta
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chapter 43|9 pages

The new role of music radio formats

The platformization of the radio system?
ByJ. Ignacio Gallego

chapter 44|10 pages

How radio is remediated in streaming

The case of radio in Spotify
ByAndreas Lenander Aegidius

chapter 45|11 pages

Artificial intelligence and radio broadcasting

Opportunities and challenges in the Chinese context
ByMeng Wei, Salvatore Scifo, Yuanchun Xu

chapter 46|10 pages

Radio automation

Sonic control in American broadcasting
ByAndy Kelleher Stuhl