Author: Andrew Bottomley

Andrew Bottomley (University of Wisconsin - Madison) researches media and cultural history and historiography, particularly cultural studies of media and technology; new media and technological convergence; popular music and sound studies; taste, cultural value, and social status; television style and aesthetics. He is also the publisher/editor of the online music, arts, and entertainment magazine Skyscraper.

From Mercury to Mars: The Shadow of the Great Detective: Orson Welles and Sherlock Holmes on the Air

The Antenna-Sounding Out! series From Mercury to Mars: Orson Welles on Radio after 75 Years continues on into the new year with a post on Sounding Out! from A. Brad Schwartz about the influence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories on Orson Welles’ radio work.

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From Mercury to Mars: Devil’s Symphony: Orson Welles’ “Hell on Ice” as Eco-Sonic Critique

The Antenna-Sounding Out! series From Mercury to Mars: Orson Welles on Radio after 75 Years continues today with a new post on Sounding Out! from Jacob Smith about the Mercury Theatre’s 1938 radio play “Hell On Ice” as a proto-environmental critique that is as relevant today as it was 75 years ago.

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#WOTW75 — It’s Time for “War of the Worlds”!

A full rundown of all the information you’ll need to know to participate in tonight’s #WOTW75 collective listening experiment, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ and the Mercury Theatre’s “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

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From Mercury to Mars: Orson Welles’s Dracula

The Antenna-Sounding Out! ongoing series From Mercury to Mars: Orson Welles on Radio after 75 Years continues with a new post from Debra Rae Cohen on the inaugural broadcast of the original Mercury series, Welles’s fascinating version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Deadline Extended: The Velvet Light Trap CFP: On Sound (New Directions in Sound Studies)

The Editorial Board of The Velvet Light Trap has extended the deadline for its forthcoming “On Sound (New Directions in Sound Studies)” issue to September 1. In particular, VLT seeks sound-related research that addresses issues and topics in radio, television, video games, digital/new media, and other non-film media. Read on for the CFP.

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On Radio: Radiolab and the Art of the Modern Radio Feature

On Radio is a new Antenna column dedicated to contemporary radio programming and other issues surrounding the medium in all its forms. Here, in the series’ first entry, Andrew Bottomley offers a critical appreciation of the radio feature Radiolab.

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