[Air-L] a new book on radio audiences and participatory cultures

tiziano bonini tiziano.bonini at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 05:32:30 PST 2015

Dear all,
maybe someone of you can find the news of some interest:

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new book edited by me and Belén Monclus (UAB Barcelona) is out:
Radio Audiences and Participation in the Age of Network Society (ECREA
Series, London: Routledge, 2015)

the book is about social media and participatory cultures in radio
production practices. It is not only aa book on radio and for radio
scholars, but it is also aimed to social media scholars.

This book maps, describes and further explores all contemporary forms of
interaction between radio and its public, with a specific focus on those
forms of content co-creation that link producers and listeners. Each essay
will analyze one or more case studies, piecing together a map of emerging
co-creation practices in contemporary radio. Contributors describe the rise
of a new class of radio listeners: the networked ones. Networked audiences
are made up of listeners that are not only able to produce written and
audio content for radio and co-create along with the radio producers (even
definitively bypassing the central hub of the radio station, by making
podcasts), but that also produce social data, calling for an alternative
rating system, which is less focused on attention and more on other
sources, such as engagement, sentiment, affection, reputation, and
influence. What are the economic and political consequences of this
paradigm shift? How are radio audiences perceived by radio producers in
this new radioscape? What’s the true value of radio audiences in this new
frame? How do radio audiences take part in the radio flow in this age? Are
audiences’ interactions and co-creations overrated or underrated by radio
producers? To what extent listeners' generated content can be considered a
form of participation or "free labour" exploitation? What’s the role of
community radio in this new context? These are some of the many issues that
this book aims to explore.

participatory culture; big data; content analysis; free labor;
exploitation; co-creation; community media; social media; social network
analysis; audience studies; netnography

Tiziano Bonini is a Lecturer in Media Studies at the IULM University of
Milan, Italy. Since 2005, he also works as a freelance radio producer for
community, national commercial and public radio.

Belén Monclús is a Lecturer in the Audiovisual Communication and
Advertising Department at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.
Since 2007, she is the coordinator of the Catalonia Radio Observatory


Preface by David Hendy

Introduction. The Listener as Producer: The Rise of the Networked Listener
(Tiziano Bonini)
you can read and download it here:

The Listener as Producer: the Rise of the Network...

Part 1: Interactive Publics (Telephone, Short Message Service, Social

1.When Speech Was ‘Meaningful’ and Presenters Were Just a Phone Call Away:
The Development of Popular Radio Talk Formats in Early UK Commercial Radio
(Guy Starkey)

2. Domesticated Voices: Listener ‘Participation’ in Everyday Radio Shows
(Jan Pinseler)

3. Radio Audience Interaction: SMS Mobile Texting vs. Facebook (Asta

4. Listeners, Social Networks and the Construction of Talk Radio
Information’s Discourse in the 2.0 Age (Belén Monclús, Maria Gutiérrez,
Xavier Ribes, Iliana Ferrer, and Josep Maria Martí)

5. Sports Broadcasting in the Age of Network Society: Engagement with
Listeners and Interaction throughout a Collective Experience (Toni Sellas)

Part 2: Productive Publics

6. The Automatic DJ? Control, Automation and Creativity in Commercial Music
Radio (Fredrik Stiernstedt)

7. Redefining Co-production in German Radio: Incorporating the Listener in
German Radio Plays (Golo Föllmer)

8.Radio Ambulante: Narrative Radio Journalism in the Age of Crowdfunding
(Manuel Fernández-Sande)

9. User-Generated Playlists: Radio Music Programming in the Age of
Peer-to-Peer Production, Distribution, and Consumption (J. Ignacio Gallego)

10. Community Radio and Participation: Listeners as Productive Publics
(Salvatore Scifo)

11. Radio Wnet: From Mainstream to Grassroots:A Case Study of Productive
Listeners (Grażyna Stachyra)

12. Getting Listeners Involved: Rádio Ás, a Community Web Project
(Stanislaw Jedrzejewski and Madalena Oliveira)

13. The Value of Productive Publics in Radio: A Theoretical Frame on Value
Creation in Participatory Culture (Adam Arvidsson)

ebook version included

link: Radio Audiences and Participation in the Age of N...

I know, the price of the book is just madness. Just contact me if you are
interested in reading it.

thanks for your attention


Tiziano Bonini
||| lecturer in media studies |||
Arts and Media Department
IULM University of Milano
via Carlo Bo 4
20143 Milano, Italy

::: Academia :::

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Tiziano Bonini
||| lecturer in media studies |||
Arts and Media Department
IULM University of Milano
via Carlo Bo 4
20143 Milano, Italy

::: Academia :::

::: Audio/Radio :::

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