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Radio Poetry and the Archiving of Acoustic Space

Lisa Hollenbach is a literary scholar interested in poetry broadcasts from the 1950s to the 1970s. In her recent post for Antenna Blog‘s Radio Preservation Task Force series  she describes her work as dealing with “several neglected cultural fronts at once, examining forms long declared dead” including poetry, radio, spoken word recording, and the Pacifica […]

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Archives, Access, and the Sounds of New York City: An Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith

Many Radio Survivor readers are no doubt familiar with Kenneth Goldsmith’s work as the host of “Kenny G’s Hour of Pain” on the freeform radio station WFMU. Goldsmith hosted weekly radio programs at the station for fifteen years, from 1995 until 2010. In 2005 he commented on WFMU and its role as an experimental and […]

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The Importance of Radio History in the On-Demand Digital Age

A fantastic article was recently posted on Antenna Blog – a media and cultural studies blog operated by graduate students and faculty in Media & Cultural Studies at UW-Madison – that makes a number of strong claims about the need to study old media, including radio history. Its author, John McMurria, is an Assistant Professor […]

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Locating Radio History in Ontario, Canada

Since my first post for the Radio Survivor Academic Series, the Radio Preservation Task Force has started to accumulate finding aids from regional archival collections. Just prior to the deadline for Research Associates to submit their finding aids to their Regional Directors, it was reported that approximately 250 archives and contacts had been aggregated, which […]

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Introducing the Radio Survivor Academic Series

The work of media history serves to not only enrich our understanding of the past and of the everyday use of communications technologies, but it also offers helpful methods and frameworks for making sense of new technological developments and new uses and practices. A number of scholars have tempered the revolutionary claims of newness that […]

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