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Radio in Small Nations

Production, Programmes, Audiences

Whether at a local, national, or international level, radio has played and continues to play a key role in nurturing or denying—even destroying—people’s sense of collective identity. The essays in this volume provide a historical and contemporary overview of radio in small nations. A number of representative small nations are featured: some grappling with new postcolonial identities and others still operating under repressive regimes; some struggling to find a new common purpose in the postindustrial age and others unifying previously ignored ethnic or language groups. As a whole, the collection strives to present diverse voices commenting on the influential and essential place of radio within these countries.

224 pages | 2 maps | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012

Global Media and Small Nations

Culture Studies

Media Studies

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“Richard J. Hand and Mary Traynor have produced a brilliant resource especially valuable to media educators who seek to facilitate a comprehensive view of global media that embraces radio. The authors of this extraordinary collection of original studies make a convincing case that radio diversity and accessibility is greater than ever. The in-depth chapters focus on the role of radio in small nations, including the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Laos, and Moldova. Central to the discussion is radio’s impact on ethnic language groups, marginalized populations, community broadcasting, cultural identity, and the development of informed civil societies, especially in post-Communist and postcolonial democracies. Particularly informative are the twenty-two pages of cited work provided for student reading. This compelling text is a valuable pedagogical resource for all students of media and cultural studies.”

Frank Chorba, Founding Editor, Journal of Radio & Audio Media

Table of Contents

General Editors’ Foreword
About the Contributors
Radio in Small Nations: An Introduction
      Richard J. Hand and Mary Traynor

1. In Search of Access, Localness and Sustainability: Radio in Post-devolutionary Wales
      Steve Johnson and Philip Mitchell
2. Voice of a Nation: The Development of Radio and Ireland
      Rosemary Day
3. We Don’t Talk Any More: The Strange Case of Scottish Broadcasting Devolution Policy and Radio Silence
      Ken Garner
4. New Zealand—A Radio Paradise?
      Brian Pauling
5. Radio as an Expression of Nation and Sub-nation in Laos
      Mary Traynor
6. Training for Life: The Contribution of Radio Training to Indigenous Education and Well-being in Australia
      Ioana Suciu and Kitty van Vuuren
7. CHOU Arabic Radio in Montreal: Finding Unity in Diversity
      Martin LoMonaco
8. Regional Radio and Community: John Lair and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance
      Jacob J. Podber
9. Community Radio for the Czech Republic—Who Cares?
      Henry G. Loeser
10. Radio in the Republic of Moldova: The Struggle for Public Service Broadcasting
      James Stewart
11. Radio in Wales: The Practitioner Speaks
      Julie Kissick and Mary Traynor

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