Key Concepts in Radio Studies by Hugh Chignell

By Hugh Chignell

The SAGE Key ideas sequence offers scholars with available and authoritative wisdom of the fundamental themes in numerous disciplines. Cross-referenced all through, the structure encourages serious evaluate via figuring out. Written through skilled and revered lecturers, the books are crucial research aids and courses to comprehension.

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  • Provides a complete, easy-to-use advent to the sphere
  • Grounds idea with international examples
  • Takes it extra with instructed reading
  • Covers the principal principles and practices from construction and media stories
  • Situates radio stories inside its old context and modern auditory culture

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Keith (2004) provides a useful introduction to the work of Norman Corwin, while Street (2004) looks at the continuing relevance of Charles Parker. D r am a key concepts in radio studies Drama is a radio genre which features the radio play. Radio drama includes complete ‘one off’ plays and longer running serials. 26 Radio drama is perhaps a contradiction. How is it possible in such a visual age for ‘invisible’ drama, drama without faces or scenery, to exist? The truth is that, with a few notable and even distinguished exceptions, it has, like radio comedy and radio soaps, partly disappeared.

The reality is, however, a good deal more complicated. First of all, although potentially anyone can call, only a very few, unrepresentative listeners, do. There is also a tight vetting of callers to make sure that those chosen are ‘appropriate’ for the programme. In addition, the presenters of phone-ins are always in control, ‘the centrality of the presenter in the phone-in sequence is not negotiable’ (Starkey, 2004: 83). This is particularly well illustrated in a highly influential analysis of the Tony Blackburn Show on BBC Radio London.

In her discussion of the mobile phone, Bassett claims that the mobile fetishises a form of life ‘operating at a particular speed and intensity’ (2003: 351). The mobile user is not embedded in the locality, in a particular physical space, but connected to people in other locations around the world. key concepts in radio studies This change in space means that today I can walk here in the streets and simultaneously connect with other people in far away spaces. I find new perspectives, and not only because I can be reached on my mobile phone but also because I can use it to reach out.

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