′Part of what makes this book so engaging to read is its clearunderstanding and enjoyment of radio as a medium in its own right... This book should serve to define what it is about radio thatmakes it so enduringly fascinating to listen to, to think about andstudy.′ Paddy Scannell
′David Hendy′s Radio in the Global Age is the bestintroduction to contemporary radio I have read. Hendy has done amasterful job of providing an outstanding overview while making acompelling argument about the role radio does play – and shouldplay – in the social landscape.′ Robert W. McChesney, Instituteof Communications Research, University of Illinois atUrbana–Champaign
′An invaluable introduction to radio today, with detailedillustrative material from all over the world. Hendy is apractising radio broadcaster and his professional understanding ofthe medium informs the whole book. It is beautifully written. Anessential read.′ Professor Paddy Scannell, University ofWestminster
′David Hendy′s engaging and wide–ranging study offers a galaxyof fascinating insights and revelations ... The book′sinternational scope is impressive ... Media students and radioprofessionals should welcome the vast sweep and irrepressibleenthusiasm of this important survey as a significant contributionto the expanding discipline of radio studies.′ Times HigherEducation Supplement
′The book is formidably researched, showing a knowledge both ofcurrent developments and the views of previous media scholars,which Hendy often expresses more clearly than they have. He writeslike a true teacher: distinctions are carefully drawn, key pointsclearly itemized. But his is not just a taxonomy of modern radio,it is sprinkled with reflections which are clearly the result ofsome shrewd intellectual thinking ... an outstanding book – amilestone in radio studies.′ European Journal ofCommunication
′Hendy rightly reminds us that radio should be central todiscussions about the globalization of the music industry and theconcomitant debates about identity and culture. This book, then,comes as a welcome intervention in the debates about media andglobalization and offers an essential contribution to a betterunderstanding of this "invisible medium". But Hendy does more thansimply fit the radio piece into the jigsaw of globalized media,though this is undoubtedly a useful exercise in itself. With allits peculiarities as a medium of sounds in world of images, as anintimate, localized medium existing in the global age, putting theradio at centre stage allows some of the cliches aboutglobalization to be problematized.′ New Media andSociety
′David Hendy′s book is a well–informed, clearly writtenand judicious survey of radio at the beginning of the digital era.′Journal of Australian Studies
From the Back Cover
Radio in the Global Age
offers a fresh, up–to–date, andwide–ranging introduction to the role of radio in contemporarysociety. It places radio, for the first time, in a global context,and pays special attention to the impact of the Internet,digitalization and globalization on the political–economy of radio.It also provides a new emphasis on the links between music andradio, the impact of formatting, and the broader cultural roles themedium plays in constructing identities and nurturing musicaltastes.
Individual chapters explore the changing structures of the radioindustry, the way programmes are produced, the act of listening andthe construction of audiences, the different meanings attached toprogrammes, and the cultural impact of radio across the globe.David Hendy portrays a medium of extraordinary contradictions: acheap and accessible means of communication, but also oneincreasingly dominated by rigid formats and multinationalcompanies; a highly ′intimate′ medium, but one capable of buildinglarge communities of listeners scattered across huge spaces; aforce for nourishing regional identity, but also a pervasivebroadcaster of globalized music products; a ′stimulus to theimagination′, but a purveyor of the banal and of the routine.Drawing on recent research from as far afield as Africa,Australasia and Latin America, as well as from the UK and US, thebook aims to explore and to explain these paradoxes – and, in theprocess, to offer an imaginative reworking of Marshall McLuhan′sfamous dictum that radio is one of the world′s ′hot′ media.
Radio in the Global Age is an invaluable text forundergraduates and researchers in media studies, communicationstudies, journalism, cultural studies, and musicology. It will alsobe of interest to practitioners and policy–makers in the radioindustry.