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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Radio in Context

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137302236
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Now firmly established as one of the leading textbooks in the increasingly popular field of radio studies, Radio in Context provides students with a practical, critical and comprehensive understanding of the main principles and techniques used in radio programming. Organized around the most commonly studied radio genres and setting production within a range of different contexts – professional, institutional and historical - the text offers an ideal blend of theory and practical guidance.
Readers of this fully updated new edition will continue to benefit from this core text, as it reflects important technological, regulatory and institutional changes since its initial publication in 2004 and expands on key areas such as digital radio, broadcasting over the internet, and the interplay between radio and social media. Supported by a full glossary, tips on getting into radio and exercises to develop practical and critical skills, Radio in Context is the ideal companion for anyone studying radio, the media, communications and/or journalism, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as short courses in radio or audio production techniques.

Guy Starkey is Professor of Radio and Journalism at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is Chair of the Radio Research Section of the European Communications Research and Education Association and has written several books, and textbook and journal chapters on Radio and Journalism.

1. Introduction to Radio
2. Speech Packages
3. Live Sequences and Phone-ins
4. Music Scheduling, Formats and Branding
5. Magazine Programmes
6. Advertisements and Trails
7. Light Entertainment
8. Drama
9. Documentaries.


Radio in Context takes a user-friendly approach and makes use of an appealing mix of practice and theory, without going overboard on the latter.' – Paul Bowman, reader in Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK
'Radio in Context appears on the reading list for almost every module involving radio in levels 4 and 5; its practical approach with the support of history and examples is ideal for students.' – Anne Duffell, Awards Leader, Broadcasting, Staffordshire University, UK
'A very accessible text, which will be useful for students in any year of academic study.' – Sam Coley, Radio Degree Leader and Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University, UK
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