List of Table.
List of Boxes.
Radio in the Social Landscape.
The Structure of this Book.
Chapter 1: Industry.
The Global Structure of Radio:.
Funding and Goals.
Local, National and International Dimensions.
Consolidation and Control.
A Global or a Local Industry?.
Chapter 2: Production.
Time and Money.
Creativity versus Predictability.
Chapter 3: Audiences.
The Act of Listening.
The Radio Audience.
The Active Audience.
Chapter 4: Meanings.
Radio as Communicator.
Radio texts: Talk and Music:.
Radio and Modernity: Time, Place and 'Communicative Capacity'.
Chapter 5: Culture.
Radio and Democratic Culture.
Radio and Identity.
Radio, Music and Cultural Change.
'David Hendy's Radio in the Global Age is the best introduction to contemporary radio I have read. Hendy has done a masterful job of providing an outstanding overview while making a compelling argument about the role radio does play - and should play - in the social landscape.' Robert W. McChesney, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
'An invaluable introduction to radio today, with detailed illustrative material from all over the world. Hendy is a practising radio broadcaster and his professional understanding of the medium informs the whole book. It is beautifully written. An essential read.' Professor Paddy Scannell, University of Westminster
'David Hendy's engaging and wide-ranging study offers a galaxy of fascinating insights and revelations ... The book's international scope is impressive ... Media students and radio professionals should welcome the vast sweep and irrepressible enthusiasm of this important survey as a significant contribution to the expanding discipline of radio studies.' Times Higher Education Supplement
'The book is formidably researched, showing a knowledge both of current developments and the views of previous media scholars, which Hendy often expresses more clearly than they have. He writes like a true teacher: distinctions are carefully drawn, key points clearly itemized. But his is not just a taxonomy of modern radio, it is sprinkled with reflections which are clearly the result of some shrewd intellectual thinking ... an outstanding book - a milestone in radio studies.' European Journal of Communication
'Hendy rightly reminds us that radio should be central to discussions about the globalization of the music industry and the concomitant debates about identity and culture. This book, then, comes as a welcome intervention in the debates about media and globalization and offers an essential contribution to a better understanding of this "invisible medium". But Hendy does more than simply fit the radio piece into the jigsaw of globalized media, though this is undoubtedly a useful exercise in itself. With all its peculiarities as a medium of sounds in world of images, as an intimate, localized medium existing in the global age, putting the radio at centre stage allows some of the cliches about globalization to be problematized.' New Media and Society
'David Hendy's book is a well-informed, clearly written and judicious survey of radio at the beginning of the digital era.' Journal of Australian Studies
APlaces radio in a global context bringing together for the first time research from around the world
AThe book discusses new research which covers a substantial range of topics, including alternative rock stations in the US, the impact of the internet, political-economic aspects of digital broadcasting and the relationship between the radio and the music industries
AThe author highlights the unique character of radio, but also shows how the study of radio sheds light on some of the key issues in media studies such as globalization, modernity and the 'active audience'