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Radio – Community, Challenges and Aesthetics, edited by Grażyna Stachyra

okładka_coverRadio – Community, Challenges and Aesthetics, edited by Grażyna Stachyra

Publisher: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Press, Lublin, Poland, 2013

Paperback: 306 pages – Language: English

ISBN: 978-83-7784-321-5


Among modern media like television or internet, radio sometimes is perceived like an old-fashioned cousin who does his best to keep up to date with the latest fashion. Nevertheless, as this book proves, it still remains lively and still offers a lot of inspiration both to the audience and to the researchers. Despite its long history radio is still able to change and to make a proper use of the new technologies. We listen to the radio during work and on the way to work; in hurry, early in the morning when we need to find out about the latest news, and more comfortably at night, when we need to relax. We may access it through analog or (in some places) digital radio set, internet or mobile phone. We are surrounded by radio messages in some shops, restaurants, taxis or offices. But after a hundred years of its existence do we really know all about radio? The question is rhetorical. We still learn a lot about this fascinating medium. This book attempts to rise some questions about radio’s role in modern society in many dimensions. The title Community, Challenges and Aesthetics shows some focus points, but does not draw the border between them. Selection of papers written by media researchers from many countries (representing Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain) indicates that there are many perspectives through which we can describe radio and its role. Nonetheless, this book is divided into two parts. The first one is dedicated to widely considered radio challenges and community building. The second part analyzes radio content in communicational and aesthetical context including also problematics of radio genres. I hope that such variety may interest not only radio researchers, but all those who observe new media and their influence on the society. The era of technical r-evolution is also a period when many cultural, social and ethnic problems arise. Some of them are reflected through the radio broadcast and the changes of its aesthetics. The authors would be grateful if the presented book could bring some more inspiration to the debate about our favourite medium.

Grażyna Stachyra

Table of Contents:

 Grażyna StachyraIntroduction (p. 7)

I. Society, Community and Radio Challenges

Guy Starkey Radio and localness: ownership and content in the convergent/divergent age of media proliferation (pp. 11 – 28) 

Tiziano Bonini – Radio public isn’t what it used to be: emerging models in the age of networked society (pp. 29 – 38)

Stanisław Jędrzejewski – Public Service Media Radio 2.0 ahead (pp. 39 – 52)

Jean-Jacques Cheval – Guess who was on the radio last night? (pp. 53 – 62)

Urszula Doliwa – Polish radio stations run by NGOs and the community media model (pp. 63 – 78)

Katarzyna Maciejewska-Mieszkowska Public regional radio stations as a participant in the electoral communication in Poland. Case study (pp. 79 – 96)

Mirosława Wielopolska-Szymura – Ethnic community radio in Canadian and Australian multicultural societies (pp. 97 – 110)

Magdalena Szydłowska – Programmes for national minorities in the Polish Radio. The important tasks of the public radio (pp. 111 – 120)

Robert Rajczyk – National minorities’ groups in Romania access to media. The case study of radio (pp. 121 -132)

Lidia Pokrzycka – Radio in Iceland. General characteristics of the market (pp. 133 – 145)

II. Radio Content and Aesthetics

Angeliki Gazi – Images, acoustic identity and radio sound (pp. 147 – 152)

Karolina Albińska – Did pictures kill the radio star? ‘Radiovision’ as a new/old incarnation of radio in the audiovisual era (pp. 153 – 176)

Madalena Oliveira – Sounds and Identity: The role of radio in community building (pp. 177 – 188)

Thomas Wilke – On the meaning, uses and representation of hate radio in Hotel Rwanda (pp. 189 – 210)

Emma Rodero – The same song for different broadcasters. Voice and prosody in radio news (pp. 211 – 224)

Golo Föllmer – “Radio Aesthetics – Radio Identities”. A project overview and a methodological study on the experimental variation of radio speech (pp. 225 – 234)

Grit Boehme – How listeners perceive the presenter’s voice (pp. 235 – 250)

Paulina Czarnek – The entertaining role of call-out in Polish commercial radio stations (pp. 251 – 262)

Monika Białek – The image of contemporary Poland in Polish radio feature broadcasts (pp. 263 – 276)

Joanna Bachura – Feature – the marriage of fact and fiction (pp. 277 – 286)

Grażyna Stachyra – Radio charitainment. A case study of Radio Eska’s campaign ‘We undress to dress’ (pp. 287 – 298)

Notes on Authors (pp. 299 – 306)

“We urgently want to encourage new radio research”



   “Encouraging new research into radio is urgent.” On the occasion of the first World Radio Day, a UNESCO initiative, on 13 February 2013, GRER (Groupe de Recherches et d’Études sur la Radio) wishes to recognise and support the UNESCO initiative. Through its action from this day forward, GRER wishes to remind the world of the importance of this medium, still the most widely-used in the world, and calls on the research support institutions to respond to this reassertion of the need for research into the medium of radio.

GRER is an association which originated in France but became international, which unites a collection of around a hundred specialised researchers working in the French language on studies into the medium of radio. Founded on the initiative of Professor Jean-Jacques Cheval (Université Montaigne – Bordeaux 3), GRER has not ceased to see its efforts bear fruit over the years. This growth in activity demonstrates the growing interest among the university and scientific communities in studies of radio.
In effect, contrary to a long-established notion, radio broadcasting is not an old-fashioned medium, and not all that there is to say about it has been said since its so-called ‘golden age’ from the 1930s to the 1950s. On the contrary: radio has become adaptable, and recent technological evolution now positions this medium on the brink of of a new era in which it is important to understand, in a critical and non-utilitarian way, the socio-political and economic stakes involved, as well as those which are symbolic and cultural.
“So it seems to be of the utmost urgency that the latest trends in radio research should be seriously supported by the appropriate authorities, so as not to leave the future of this medium in the sole hands of industry and big business,” declared the current President of GRER, Professor Frédéric Antoine (Université de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique). “Because of this, GRER could not fail to support and encourage the initiative taken in the form of the first UNESCO World Radio Day, and in particular everything relating to the development of research into radio.”
As the catalyst for numerous conferences and academic presentations, and the force behind several publications, GRER intends to increase its efforts very soon by publishing on-line a ‘research dossier’ on radio, then by publishing a scientific journal about radio studies, which will be freely accessible on the Internet.
In support of this work to revalidate radio research, GRER requests everyone – and particularly researchers – who are interested in this medium and its future to offer their support and to participate.

Expressions of support can be made via the GRER Facebook page ( ) or by email ( )

Frédéric Antoine, President of GRER ( )