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The Best Show on WFMU: 2000-2013

December 12, 2013
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The Best Show on WFMU: 2000-2013

Some reflections on The Best Show on WFMU as it ends its thirteen-year run.
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Radio at SCMS 2013

March 1, 2013
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Radio at SCMS 2013

Some thoughts on the current state of qualitative radio scholarship, plus a line-up of radio studies related papers, panels, and events at this year's SCMS conference.
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On Radio: The Truth, and Other Jeopardies

February 7, 2013
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On Radio: <i>The Truth</i>, and Other Jeopardies

As various groups rethink drama's place in the "new golden age" of radio, podcasts by The Truth, a group responsible for some of the most interesting dramatic audio in recent memory, are producing a new sense of audioposition.
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On Radio: Holding on to Localism in Internet Radio

February 5, 2013
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On Radio: Holding on to Localism in Internet Radio

Can an Internet college radio station cultivate a local audience in today's diffuse media environment? Some experience from Louisville's Bellarmine University suggests that a local focus in an online context allows college stations to reach a variety of listeners who have community ties but who are presently located in far-flung locales.
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On Radio: FM Campus Radio and Community Representation

January 18, 2013
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On Radio: FM Campus Radio and Community Representation

By broadcasting exclusively online and abandoning space-based FM or AM broadcasting, college radio stations run the risk of losing the local focus that has been integral to the programming and operations of the campus and community radio sector.
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On Radio: Driveway Moment

December 17, 2012
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On Radio: Driveway Moment

The Abigael Affair crystallizes the challenges of NPR’s campaign to re-create itself as a fully modern and digital multi-platform news, information, and culture channel, while maintaining its distinctive affective character.
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 3]

June 20, 2012
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 3]

In the final installment of this series on podcaster Bob Frantz and his venture Boneyard Industries, the frustration that comes with advertising and getting local listeners on board is explored.
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 2]

June 11, 2012
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 2]

Upon being released after his home station embraced a format change, radio personality Adam Carolla responded by creating a "network" of podcasts he could use to sell advertisers listeners in aggregate. Bob Frantz quickly looked to this strategy as a way to continue an over-the-mic career after the death of a ten-year radio career...
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 1]

May 30, 2012
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 1]

Is there any such thing as local digital media? Looking at the case of local podcasts, Tim Anderson argues that people indeed do, and always have, inscribed the local in their digital media creations.
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On Radio: Ira Glass, Radio Star

April 9, 2012
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On Radio: Ira Glass, Radio Star

Ira Glass' iconic voice seems to be everywhere, and offers insight into contemporary radio culture and stardom.
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On Radio: Strange Bedfellows

March 25, 2012
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On Radio: Strange Bedfellows

Clear Channel has figured out how to profit from college radio. Can college radio survive its embrace?
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On Radio: The Practice of Podcasting

March 9, 2012
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On Radio: The Practice of Podcasting

And this is what still remains exciting about podcasting: the format has prompted a reconsideration of what we can expect from radio.
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On Radio: “Mirth, Music, and Mayhem”: In Praise of The Best Show on WFMU

January 23, 2012
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On Radio: “Mirth, Music, and Mayhem”: In Praise of <i>The Best Show</i> on WFMU

Broadcast over Jersey City’s listener-supported radio station WFMU, The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling is what happens when many of commercial radio’s most noxious elements—bizarre callers, comedy routines, running gags, and irascible hosts—transform and coalesce into a singularly entertaining program perfectly calibrated for cult attraction.
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On Radio: Radiolab and the Art of the Modern Radio Feature

January 11, 2012
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On Radio: <i>Radiolab</i> 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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