Airwaves, microwaves, bit rates and podcasts—“radio” has proven to be a versatile, shapeshifting medium over the last century. Since the very beginning, music and its attendant communities have always occupied significant bandwidth and provided a shared space for broadcasters and audiences to meet. Once dominant mainstream radio was an essential cornerstone of the entire music industry—kingmaking and controlling access to the airwaves at the same time. Pirate radio, particularly in the UK, challenged commercial content hegemony. College and community stations carved out new spaces for wider and new genres, and niche audiences. Internet radio, ascendant since the late 90s, is a kind of glocal form with the ability to privilege the local as much as it exists inside a globally connected and distributed system. This panel convenes radio people to discuss their stations, models, mandates and their visions for this seemingly unkillable apparatus.
This event takes place in English.