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16 J. Radio & Audio Media 1 (2009)

handle is hein.journals/jradstud16 and id is 1 raw text is: journal of Radio & Audio Media/May 2009
Editor's Remarks
Michael Brown
History continues to provide fertile ground for radio research and further evidence
of how deeply embedded radio has been in American culture and politics. The
first four papers in this issue of ]RAM address diverse topics and approaches to
the study of radio history. Susan Brinson examines the FCC's Radio Intelligence
Division and provides an interesting look at the politics behind the FCC's unique
role in monitoring clandestine broadcasts during WWII. Cynthia Meyers examines
the radio career of William Benton, from his time as an ad man through his
work as a liberal reformer who promoted the educational value of radio. Shaun
Treat, Dan Grano, and Jon Croghan use fantasy theme analysis to reveal The
Shadow's contribution to our cultural mythology, and they discuss the rhetorical
implications the show presents. Finally, Michael Keith presents the second part of
Norman Corwin's One World Flight. This article includes excerpts from Corwin's
conversations with key leaders in foreign countries shortly after WWII. The excerpts
come from an unpublished manuscript that Keith discovered during conversations
with Corwin.
Three contemporary articles are presented in this issue. Rush Limbaugh continues
to be a controversial and influential figure in radio and politics. Stephen Earl Bennett
uses Times Mirror/Pew Research Center polls to determine which variables predict
who listens to Limbaugh. Party affiliation and interest in public affairs are strong
factors, while education, income, and race do not appear strongly related to listener
preference. Two other contemporary papers address international topics. Montse
Bonet, Maria Corominas, Isabel Fernandez Alonso, and Merc6 Diez point to the
failure of DAB in Spain. Audiences have little incentive to adopt the medium,
and the continued use of analogue transmissions undermines the success of DAB.
The authors conclude that the digital future of audio will likely involve multiple
platforms. This research is consistent with the DRACE symposium findings that
appeared in ]RAM last year, which included an article about the problematic case
of digital radio in Canada (O'Neil, 2008, v.15#1). Finally, Kostas Agas, George
Tsourvakas, and Pamaria Rekaiti examine the Greek radio market. The market is
characterized by intense competition among radio stations and with other media.
This competition has lead radio stations to reduce costs and threatens the quality
of programming.
Q 2009 Broadcast Education Association  Journal of Radio & Audio Media 16(1), 2009, p. I
DOI: 10. 1080/19376520902847907            ISSN: 1937-6529 print/1937-6537 online

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