Rowman and Littlefield International

The Cultural Work of Community Radio

By Katie Moylan

Publication Date: Mar 2019

Pages 176

Hardback 9781783489329
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Ebook 9781783489343
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Community radio is an established and key site for negotiations of social and political issues for marginalised communities. Given its inherently local nature (both geographically and ideologically), community radio is perfectly placed as a site for articulating community concerns. At the same time, given this local quality, the diverse ways in which stations—and broadcasters—negotiate their community concerns vary substantially from city to city and region to region across Canada and the US.


The Cultural Work of Community Radio investigates the multiple modes of community and broadcasting practice at selected community stations, explores how these draw from and reflect ongoing concerns of their host city or region, and examines how on the ground practice maps on to overarching broadcast policy directives and guidelines. Focusing on community production practices with reference to policy frameworks around community representation, this book examines and compares differences in community radio production practices in Alaska, Arizona, Miami, New Orleans and Toronto.

1. Complicating ‘Community’/ 2. Articulating Migration Layers in Miami/ 3. An Ecology of New Orleans Community Radio/ 4. Whose Diversity? Expanding Definitions of Community in Toronto/ 5. Broadcasting Native America: Community Radio in Alaska and Arizona/ Conclusion: Policy Versus Practice?
From broadcasting through a crisis to preserving local heritage, community radio is the hero unsung for millions around the globe. Moylan’s loving ears listen to the voices of those who produce it. In doing so, she creates a new hymn to the promise and perils of this vital-yet-under-resourced media.
Vicki Mayer, Professor of Communication, Tulane University
Katie Moylan is a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester.

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