Radio for Media Studies: A Teacher’s Guide (paperback) – Clive Edwards

120pp   £15.99   ISBN: 1-903663-22-9   2004

“It is a pleasure when one can genuinely say ‘welcome – this fills a gap’… truly a valuable and effective resource… In short – a good investment.” Media Education Journal

Written mainly for the Media teacher new to radio, Clive Edwards has produced an eloquent argument for the use of this neglected medium in the classroom. Beginning with an overview of the history and development of Public Service radio, the Teacher’s Guide goes on to look at the rise of the commercial and local radio sector since the 1970s and the state of the medium in Britain today with reference to all of the key concepts of Media Studies (Media Language, Institutions, Audiences, Representation). The author considers the role of the regulatory bodies of the medium, and offers an analysis of different styles of programming together with tips for getting started with practical work.

In an extended section on local and community radio, the author provides case studies of stations alongside detailed accounts of the Access Pilot Scheme and Restricted Service Licence (RSL) stations, together with a discussion of the role of hospital, student and pirate radio. In all, Radio for Media Studies: A Teacher’s Guide is certain to be of practical use to GCSE and A level Media Studies teachers looking to better exploit this medium as a teaching tool.

Clive Edwards is a Principal Examiner for OCR A Level Media Studies. He was Head of Media Studies at a large FE College in the West Midlands and also works in Local Community Radio, Hospital Broadcasting and Student Radio.

Introduction / The Development of Radio / Commercial and Local Radio Since the 1970s / Radio in the UK Today / Radio Institutions and Media Ownership / Representation and Ideology / Regulation / Audiences / Audience Research / Music and Radio: Choice and Selection of Music / Some Programme Styles /
Local and Community Radio: A Tale of Two Stations; A Selection of Local Radio Stations; Community Radio and the Access Pilot Scheme; Access Radio; RSL Radio Projects; Student Radio; Hospital Radio; Pirate Radio; Internet Radio / Getting Started on Practical Work / Bibliography

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