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Alternative Radio and the Internet

Chris Atton

in An Alternative Internet

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617692
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670819 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617692.003.0005
Alternative Radio and the Internet

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Radio as a contemporary public medium tends to be considered primarily in terms of its industrial and cultural arrangements. Radio broadcasting may be categorised into five types: public service broadcasting, commercial radio, state radio, community (or micro) radio and pirate radio. The case study of Resonance FM in this chapter suggests a number of ways in which radical artistic production may be developed through alternative radio. Resonance FM is a UK station broadcasting to central London and began broadcasting in 1998 under the British government's Restricted Service Licence scheme (RSL). Resonance FM, in common with many radio stations (commercial, public service, state and alternative), has begun to employ the Internet to supplement its analogue or digital transmissions. This chapter explores radio on the Internet and the implication of the Internet for an analogue-based station such as Resonance. After discussing the features and characteristics of Internet radio, the chapter asks what happens to radio when it is transmitted through the Internet.

Keywords: Internet radio; Resonance FM; Internet; radio broadcasting; alternative radio; Restricted Service Licence; radio stations

Chapter.  10126 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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