Community radio is a type of “citizen media” that is built around the core notions of access to the airwaves and direct participation. In contrast to the other two types of broadcasting entities (commercial and public), community radio is considered the grassroots form. What inspires an individual or group of volunteers to establish a radio station as an outlet for voices that are not normally heard in the mainstream media? Common goals of many community radio stations worldwide include diversifying self-expression; reflecting the identity, values, desires, and ideals of a community; and invoking thought, discussion, and change within that community. How are these (sometimes competing) goals realized through radio programming? In this course, through readings and discussions, we will explore the history and philosophy of community radio in general, as well as engage practically with our own communities on the Willamette campus and in Salem. How can we strive to find our own voice while also mirroring our community, and making space for voices that might otherwise remain unheard? As a class, we will create and produce content to be aired on the local community radio station KMUZ-FM. Training will be provided; previous experience in radio or sound production is not presumed.
Course taught by
Karen McFarlane Holman