Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Radioing round

 As we also saw, radio brings you the newspaper, radio has book clubs, radio discusses magazine articles and interviews scholars on their research papers and specialist journal outpourings, radio gets you in the mood for a musical or puts you off seeing a movie.  Radio says what it wants about television. Radio is a platform for zealots and dilettantes; bots and tots and whatnot. Wot.  

So it remains to again apply the blowtorch sound effects and see how differently radio treats a subject to its counterparts. There are two ways of doing this: by taking a subject that someone has noted the discussion or examination of on air and then related in some other, less ephemeral, form or by transcribing something direct from the radio. I will probably sneak back to do the second but, since this takes considerably longer, we will settle for the third hand account first. If that makes sense.

The next task then is to find out if there has been any such discussion on our subject, which we'll put as 'cross-cultural semantics'. We find one on Radio National and then we see what newspapers and magazines, movies and television, have to say.*

*the blogger's solution to a trend for hyperlinks to give us more of the same - commentary on radio rather than commentary on the radio - was to check in with IMDB for movies and Trove for paper products. While no newspaper really addressed this high-falutin' subject matter, Realtime. mentions 'cross-cultural' a couple of times in their write-up and they appear to be some magazine or journal about on screen material so covers the gamut in some respects.

(Of course the Radio National link, having captured the conversation, eliminates any real need to sit recording or transcribing some new chat. Back in the day, the only reason you'd sit by your radio cassette was to press record when your favourite song came on; DJ patter didn't get much of a look-in.)


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