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17 J. Radio & Audio Media 1 (2010)

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Editor's Remarks
Michael Brown
This issue of ]RAM includes a diversity of articles that remind us how deeply
radio and audio media reach into various aspects of our culture. The first two
papers explore the role of women in radio. Jennifer Proffitt examines how women
were involved in promoting democracy and supporting radio's efforts to inform
women through the Women's National Radio Committee during World War II. The
group gave awards to radio programs that promoted democracy, and they lobbied
for certain political and social issues important to women. Erika Engstrom examines
radio programs produced by women that feature music by women. These radio
producers are passionate about their work, which makes these programs excellent
sites for feminist analysis.
Three articles explore concerns about radio's contemporary character. Gayane
Torosyan and Charles Munro examine the concept of local identity in radio news
and whether the introduction of new audio media requires new conceptions of lo-
calism that are less dependent on geographic location. While localism is redefined,
geographic connections remain important. Thomas Wikle and Jonathan Comer
examine the growth of religious translator networks. They found these networks have
redefined the geography of radio by reaching into more isolated areas and, in some
cases, attracting young, affluent audiences. Francesca Dillman Carpentier conducted
two experiments to examine how music and vocal characteristics influence radio
news. Her findings indicate that auditory complexity and pitch can influence the
retention and enjoyment of radio news.
The last three articles explore new audio media. Steven McClung and Kristine
Johnson surveyed podcast users about their motivations for using the device. The
primary motivations are to be entertained, to shift time, and to build libraries.
Podcast users also enjoyed sharing their interests with other fans. Joseph Burns and
Paul Sawyer take a different view of portable audio devices. Can portable music
players, particularly with the use of their ear buds, control interaction? The research
finds that there are conditions under which portable music players can be used as
a defense mechanism. Finally, Andrea Baker presents an overview of Internet-only
radio stations and conducts an ethnography of the Internet-only radio station at
CUNY Brooklyn. This particular station was one of the first to go online, and the
study provides good insight into its operation.
Q 2010 Broadcast Education Association  fournal of Radio & Audio Media 17(1), 2010, p. I
DOI: 10.1080119376521003733392            ISSN: 1937-6529 print/1937-6537 online
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