The Alarmist: WHO IS TO BLAME?

When I first find out what podcasts were, I was not very attracted by the idea. Ever since I was young and had no other option but to listen to the radio, my least favorite thing to hear to was radio hosts talking and discussing about different topics. Therefore, when I first heard that those […]

True Stories Revealed Through Podcasts

Podcasts and radio have an interesting relationship with one another. When listening to a podcast, some may find similar qualities to radio. Podcasts can have conversational features, advertisements, and interviews. On the other hand, podcasts can have a narration like element to it such as the podcast Strangers. Strangers podcast is written and produced by […]

The Appeal of Podcasts (ft. The No Frillz Podcast)

Podcast vs. Radio “As technologies and consumption patterns change, radio has proven that it can adapt. In this context, it would seem fair and logical to consider podcasting as an extension of radio” (Berry, 8). Podcasting, on the surface, might seem like just an evolution in the art of radio talk shows. However, if you […]

Tiny Desk Concerts at NPR

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series began in 2008, a creation of Bob Boilen. He characterizes the Tiny Desk performances as “intimate”, and makes a point to feature both “emerging artists” and “well-known musicians”. Boilen is also creator and host to NPR’s All Songs Considered, and has been bringing his musical influence to NPR since 1988. […]

Welcome to Podcasting

Welcome to Nightvale was started in 2012, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and is still being produced after six years. A fantasy/sci-fi series, the podcast is one of the first podcasts to work as a storytelling format set in a fictional world, presented as the radio-news reports from a fictional town’s radio station. In […]

So, what is the “public interest,” anyway?

The 1927 Radio Act is the first place where the phrase “public interest” became tied to media regulation. Throughout Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment, it also becomes increasingly clear that the phrase has undergone a variety of shifts in meaning and can easily be applied to nearly every media context. Early broadcasters were encouraged by […]

Responsible Reception: The Importance of an Active Audience

Growing up, my parents would always tell me just how lucky I am for growing up in time when we have so much available at the press of a button. Born in the 1950s, they grew up with the major networks: NBC, CBS, and ABC. They watched whatever was on when it was on because […]