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[ecrea] CFP: Music in the Public Service: Public Radio and Music in the Streaming Era
Mon Nov 26 21:18:26 GMT 2018
*/Journal of Radio & Audio Media/**Symposium:*
*Music in the Public Service: Public Radio and Music in the Streaming Era*
*Editors: Christopher Cwynar and Brian Fauteux*
The current moment is a particularly interesting time to examine public
radio and media due to the sheer scale of change affecting the sector:
technological, socio-cultural, economic, and generational, as well as
dramatic transformations in production, distribution, and reception. The
shift in terminology from “public service broadcasting” to “public
service media” and “public service communicators” (Bardoel and Lowe
2007) gestures towards myriad opportunities and challenges associated
with the emergence of networked digital media. The music industries are
experiencing a similar period of flux with the emergence of streaming
and the switch from a commodity-based ownership approach to music
engagement to an experience-based service approach (Wikstrom 2013).
Public radio and its music programming have played important roles in
the constitution of national and cultural identity (Berland 2009) and in
broadcast radio’s convergence with, and/or transition to, the internet
era, scholars have charted issues of regulating national music (or
content) (O’Neill and Murphy 2012), examined connections between online
public media and youth through music programming (Bélanger 2005), and
considered the political economy of Internet music radio (Wall 2004) as
well as issues of diversity of music and the public good (Hendy 2000).
Recent scholarly work by this symposium’s editors has devoted
consideration to notable developments in the public radio and popular
music sectors at a time when streaming music has become a dominant mode
of music listening. Examples include studies of: public media’s
relationships to independent music, podcasting, and taste cultures
(Cwynar 2015a, 2015b, 2017); international public radio partnerships
through music programming (Fauteux 2016, 2017a); and, the place of
public radio and music within the context of budget cuts and precarious
cultural labour (Fauteux 2017b).
In light of these ongoing scholarly discussions, this special symposium
intends to highlight the place and role of popular music within the
context of public radio broadcasting and audio media, asking: what does
a public service mandate or mission (“to serve the public”) mean for the
circulation of popular music, particularly in an age of streaming music
and digital public media? We welcome papers that engage with this
overarching question and are particularly interested in the following
* Public radio, music, and networked digital media (the web, apps, and
* Public radio/media and its relationship to music genres.
* Cultures of taste and distinction with respect to shifts in music
programming and genres (from classical to jazz/adult contemporary to
* Public radio/media, music, and indie/independent
* Public radio, music, and curation (radio hosts, algorithms,
social/digital media work)
* Public radio/media and local or regional music scenes
* Public radio and music in the context of institutional collaborations
* Public radio and popular music in the Global South
* The shift from public radio to public media and a reconsideration of
ideas about national identity and/or borders with respect to popular
* The branding of public media institutions through the use of popular
* Historical studies of public radio and music
While the above topics are of particular interest, we welcome
submissions on any aspect of the broader public radio and music topic.
Submissions for this symposium are due by March 1, 2019*.*Submitted
manuscripts undergo a blind peer review. Manuscripts should be submitted
through Manuscript Central <https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hjrs>.
Documents prepared in Microsoft Word are preferred and should conform to
the stylistic guidelines of the American Psychological Association.
Manuscripts should not exceed 6500 words (about 25 pages) and should
include an abstract of no more than 100 words. In addition to the
manuscript the author(s) should include a separate attachment with
For more information on the /Journal of Radio & Audio Media/, please
Please direct any questions in advance of your submission to the
symposium editors: Brian Fauteux ((fauteux /at/ ualberta.ca)
<mailto:(fauteux /at/ ualberta.ca)>) and/or Christopher Cwynar
((ccwynar /at/ defiance.edu) <mailto:(ccwynar /at/ defiance.edu)>).
Bardoel, Jo and Lowe, Gregory Ferrell. “From Public Service Broadcasting
to Public Service Media: The Core Challenge.” /From Public Service
Broadcasting to Public Service Media/. Eds. Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Jo
Bardoel. Göteborg: Nordicom, 2007: 9-28.
Bélanger, Pierre C. and Andrecheck, Philipe. “CBC’s Electronic Radio 3:
Connecting with the Elusive Youth.” /Journal of Radio Studies/ 12.1
Berland, Jody. “Locating Listening.” /North of Empire: Essays on the
Cultural Technologies of Space/. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009:
Cwynar, Christopher. “More than a ‘VCR for Radio’: The CBC, the Radio 3
Podcast, and the Uses of an Emerging Medium.” /Journal of Radio & Audio
Media/ 22.2 (2015a): 190-199.
Cwynar, Christopher. “NPR Music: Remediation, Curation, and National
Public Radio in the Digital Convergence Era.” /Media, Culture & Society/
39.5 (2017): 680-696.
Cwynar, Christopher. “Unbuttoning NPR: Assessing the Music at the
Margins of /All Things Considered/.” /The Radio Journal: International
Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media/ 13.1-2 (2015): 89-104.
Fauteux, Brian. “Satellite Footprint to Cultural Lifelines: Sirius XM
and the Circulation of Canadian Content.” /International Journal of
Cultural Policy/ 22.3 (2016): 313-330.
Fauteux, Brian. “‘Songs You Need to Hear:’ Public Radio Partnerships and
the Mobility of National Music.” /The Radio Journal: International
Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media/ 15.1 (2017a): 47-63.
Fauteux, Brian. “The Radio Host and Piloted Listening in the Digital
Age: CBC Radio 3 and Its Online Listening Community.” /Journal of
Canadian Studies/ 51.2 (2017b): 338-361.
Hendy, David. “Pop Music Radio in the Public Service: BBC Radio 1 and
New Music in the 1990s.” /Media, Culture & Society/ 22.6 (2000): 743-761.
O’Neill, Brian and Murphy, Michael J. “Canadian Content, Public
Broadcasting and the Internet: CBC’s Online Strategy 1995–2000.”
/Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web/. Eds. M. Burns and
N. Brügger. New York: Peter Lang, 2012: 163–174.
Wall, Tim. “The Political Economy of Internet Music Radio.” /The Radio
Journal - International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media/ 2.1
Wikstrom, Patrik. /The Music Industry/. London: Polity, 2013 (2nd Ed).
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