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As part of a wider research project into the ‘place’ broadcast media have in the lives of the retired in France, a series of interviews with retired people was conducted, providing evidence of the particular place radio-listening practices have in the organization of the day-today lives of the retired. Five main findings specific to radio listening emerged from the analysis: the ‘bundling’ of activities; radio moving from being an accompaniment to providing company; radio providing precise kinds of ‘get-together’; the feelings at play in these practices; and loyalty to radio and one station in particular. The study also suggests that whatever changes to listening practices may be brought on by retirement or bereavement, they are rather in the nature of intensifications of loyalty and involvement to programmes and listening habits that existed before these life-changes.

Keywords: French radio; listening practices; media uses; retirement and radio

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre d’Etudes des M√ądias, University of Bordeaux III

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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