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Remediating radio: Audio streaming, music recommendation and the discourse of radioness

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In recent years, the consumption of audio material online has become a significant force in the media landscape. As this is often referred to as radio, we are led to address the way in which this user-defined, personalised experience relates to more traditional discourses of radioness. Are the existing concepts of radio, as deployed, relevant to this form of consumption, or do they serve to create false expectations and structures within the newer formats? This article charts the current and historical conceptions of radio, and compares this with the nature of the various online experiences available, in order to establish the extent to which these can be classified as radio, and to which it is reasonable for them to claim this title.
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Keywords: music radio; radio consumption; radio online; radioness

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: McGill University, Canada.

Publication date: 21 July 2008

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  • The Radio Journal is committed to high-quality, diverse research in the arena of radio and sound media, from broadcast to podcast and all in between. We look for articles that explore the production, circulation and reception of radio and creative soundwork, addressing historical and contemporary issues in sound-based journalism and media studies from a wide range of national and transnational perspectives.
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