The literature on geography and radio is notably scarce. Though regrettable, the largely dormant study of radio in the geography literature is not unsurprising, owing to geography’s emphasis on landscapes over soundscapes. This chapter turns attention to the portable soundscape of radio. In particular, it presents the origins and historical context of radio, and theoretical perspectives on the study of radio by scholars across the globe. Further, it highlights conceptual debates about how radio has been studied by geographers. The spatial perspective of radio is outlined, and technological convergences in relation to radio are considered, with a particular focus on radio in the digital age. This chapter concludes by arguing that few studies devote sufficient attention to radio for what it is, a sonic medium. As such, this chapter advocates that future studies of radio should adopt a sonic geographical perspective to enable exploration of radio’s new sounds and forms, which comprise increasing creativity.
Catherine Wilkinson and Samantha Wilkinson
Through the case study of community radio station KCC Live, this chapter examines how sound is a meaningful ingredient in the microgeographies of place-making. We promote listener diaries as a method of data collection well suited to harnessing the experiences of radio listening, capturing the production of knowledge that is felt, heard and embodied, and in facilitating access to emotional spaces and situations. We argue that a focus on the processes of sound requires us to take up new ways of thinking about embodiment and sound, because it draws attention to ourselves as embedded in and through the human and non-human elements of that space. We argue that more-than-representational theory, in particular the tools of emotion and affect, offers a means through which to do this through its considerations of fleeting experiences, feelings and encounters that, while often banal and unexceptional, are integral to shaping our everyday worlds.