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Youth and ‘free-radio’ programmes

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What are young people’s links with radio? What role does radio play in the lives of adolescents? By focusing on the situation in France – where radio programmes mix ‘free radio’ in the evening with music, and are highly listened-to by young people – this article examines the structure of youth listening reception. The links listeners make with presenters and with people who phone in, as revealed by the study, suggest the ‘in-between’ status of radio for youth. On radio, adolescents find a space to express ‘youth problems’ (sic) and to learn about others’ experiences.

Keywords: France; adolescents; libres antennes/free radio; phone-ins; youth radio

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/rajo.1.1.29/0

Affiliations: CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), France

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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  • The Radio Journal is committed to high-quality, diverse research in the arena of sound broadcasting. The journal is published in association with the Radio Studies Network, the UK's association for researchers and teachers involved in radio studies. Articles examine all aspects of audio media from practice and production in the industry to approaches towards teaching radio studies in institutions. 
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