'It's Not Just Radio': Models of Community Broadcasting in Britain and the United States

Coyer, Kate. 2009. 'It's Not Just Radio': Models of Community Broadcasting in Britain and the United States. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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Necessary and important focus has been given to the future of digital, satellite and Internet radio as a means of increasing flows of information and culture irrespective of geographic boundaries. At the same time, radio is primarily a local experience. This research examines the phenomenon of community radio through case studies in Britain and the United States. The contested site of audio broadcasting lies beyond the national framework via new technologies and, at the same time, is rooted locally. The political impetus for this project emerges out of the current media reform movements in both countries for the expansion of low power community radio and their connection to broader concerns around media democracy and pluralism.

The research seeks to explore the phenomenon of community radio and how its characteristics are challenged in practice; the extent to which there exists both continuity and difference in the development of community radio sectors in both Britain and the United States; how radio is both de-linked from geography and rooted in localities; and whether or not the medium of radio itself
embodies potential as a more participatory and democratic means of communication.

This research is situated in both radio studies and alternative media studies. In order to investigate these questions, the research considers content production and internal organisational stmcture among its case studies, representing different models of community radio; examines the impact of technology on radio as a local space; and considers questions of media and democracy raised by community radio projects.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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community radio, media democracy, pluralism, technology

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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22 Jun 2020 09:04

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08 Sep 2022 12:43



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