Breaking the sound barrier

Histories and practices of women’s radio

Authored by: Caroline Mitchell

The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415537186
eBook ISBN: 9781315756202
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629474


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According to Kate Lacey, “Radio is one of the sites where gender is produced, reproduced and transformed” (1996: 244). The first collection of research about women and radio (Mitchell, 2000a) recognized that women’s cultural relationship to radio, whilst largely overlooked by media academics, had undergone great changes. It uncovered and recovered ‘hidden’ histories about women working in radio and explored the development of programing and programs by and for women within different sectors of radio. It reflected the emerging but fragmented theory and research in this area including gendered radio, the nature of female audiences and perspectives about women working in the industry and how women’s radio stations in the community sector enable women to get on air and define media space themselves.

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