As part of Radio Survivor’s Academic Series, I’m happy to share an interview with media historian John Durham Peters. The interview is broken up into two posts which have been shared over the course of a week. You can read part one HERE and part two HERE. Below is a short excerpt from Peters that I particularly like. This is in response to a question about archiving and conducting historical research:
I’d like to see archivists figure out formats that are rigorously durable and not subject to the marketing and fashion swings of digital technology. As media historians we need modes of archival durability for deep time. We know there are treasures in there, but we can’t know now what they are. Amid the digital bonanza of our moment, radio archivists and historians will have to be visionary about how to make these sounds still audible in decades, centuries, and—why not?—millennia.
I’m a bit late in posting updates here on the blog, but I have a few new posts to share over on Radio Survivor.
The first highlights a few fast approaching deadlines for Radio Studies conferences and publications. The second is an interview with Michele Hilmes, who was my postdoctoral supervisor at UW-Madison. Michele discusses radio archives, the lost critical history of radio, and listening practices in the digital age (amongst other pressing issues in Radio and Media Studies).
Also, I have a few fairly recent reviews up on Weird Canada. Check out a review of an Edmonton-based zine, Not at the Mall, here, and a review of EP by Saint John, New Brunswick’s NVN, here.
Recently, an “Ideas” post I wrote for Weird Canada went live on the site. The post, titled “Designing a Stewardship Model for Digital Music Exchange” presents a more succinct version of a journal article I co-wrote with Andrew deWaard and Ian Dahlman for IASPM@Journal. You can check it out HERE.
Also, a few more reviews for Weird Canada have been posted in recent weeks. Here’s my take on EP a recent release by Saint John, NB’s NVN and a review of Geoff Pevere’s God’s of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story.
Happy new year!
I have a few radio and music related articles that will be coming out in the next few months. The first has just been published online although I am not yet sure which print issue it will be assigned to. It’s titled “Satellite footprint to cultural lifelines: Sirius XM and the circulation of Canadian content” and the abstract is as follows:
Satellite radio posed a new question for Canadian policy-makers: How to take advantage of a transnational radio service while ensuring cultural identity was not lost within channel offerings that are predominately American. Comparing the initial licensing of satellite radio in Canada (2005) to the merger of the services (2011) and the post-merger license renewal (2012) highlights a shift in the spatial understanding of satellite radio, from being determined by a satellite’s footprint to that of what I call ‘cultural lifelines,’ the various mobile devices and services that enable one to maintain connection to cultural content. Alongside shifting spatial considerations of satellite radio, Canadian content has increasingly been packaged as a brand or genre, catering to fragmented taste preferences and individual, mobile listening practices.
You can find it in the International Journal of Cultural Policy and if you are without institutional access, I will have a link to a number of free copies that I will share here soon.
In December I also interviewed Brian Gregory about educational radio broadcasting and I recapped the first year of Radio Survivor’s Academic Series. You can read the interview here and the recap here.
My most recent post for Radio Survivor features an interview with former WFMU host, Kenneth Goldsmith. We discuss archives and access and the curatorial role of radio in the digital age. Goldsmith also shares some sound-related excerpts from his upcoming work, Capital, which is a re-writing of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcade’s Project set in New York City. Check it out here.
Two more Radio Survivor Academic Series posts have gone live since my last entry on this site. One is linking to an excellent article on Antenna Blog titled “Why Care about Radio Broadcast History in the On-Demand Digital Age?” by John McMurria at UC San Diego. The other features some of my archival findings from the initial stages of research for the the Radio Preservation Task Force. You can access the first post here and the second one here.
My review of Stegosaurus’s Masked Marvel EP, c/o Weird Canada, can be read here.
A few exciting updates on the radio front as of late:
I’ve posted my first contribution to Radio Survivor‘s Academic Series and will be posting another soon. I’ll be using this space to share some updates about another very exciting initiative, the Radio Preservation Task Force, of which you can learn more about here. I’ve been in contact with a number of university archives in the Toronto area to locate recordings and documents pertaining to educational and local radio in Southwestern Ontario. I’ve found some great stuff – which I’ll continue to share here and on Radio Survivor – and hope to have more time during the winter term to visit the libraries themselves and check out these collections.
A few weeks ago my review of Visual Meetings by Ottawa’s Organ Eyes went live for Weird Canada. It’s a great album, I really recommend checking it out.
Over at Antenna Blog I’ve posted on Sirius XM’s coverage of the Governors Ball in New York City this past weekend. Its an interesting example that highlights the prominence of place in the satellite radio universe and one that carries on a long tradition of radio connecting listeners to cultural centres.