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Podcast #286 – Native American Voices on the Air in the Early Days of Radio
On this week’s show we take a look at the ways that Native Americans used sound technology during radio’s earliest days and how that inspired and led to the flourishing Native media landscape, including tribal radio stations. Our guest, Josh Garrett-Davis, is Associate Curator at the Autry Museum and author of a recently completed dissertation: Resounding Voices: Native Americans and Sound Media, 1890-1970.
* Josh Garrett-Davis website: http://www.joshgarrettdavis.com/ * Autry Museum of the American West website: https://theautry.org/* Resounding Voices: Native Americans and Sound Media, 1890-1970: https://dataspace.princeton.edu/handle/88435/dsp018910jx50x * The “Tribal Drum” of Radio: Gathering Together the Archive of American Indian Radio (piece on Sounding Out!) https://soundstudiesblog.com/2015/02/19/the-tribal-drum-of-radio-gathering-together-the-archive-of-american-indian-radio/* KILI radio, the voice of the Lakota Nation: http://www.kiliradio.org/ * KINI radio: https://www.kiniradio.com/* Radio Free Alcatraz: https://pacificaradioarchives.org/recording/bb545701-bb545740 * Native American Activism on the Airwaves with the “Seeing Red” Radio Archive: https://historyhub.history.gov/community/american-indian-records/blog/2020/08/10/native-american-activism-on-the-airwaves-with-the-seeing-red-radio-archive * More details about the “Indians for Indians Hour”: https://www.loc.gov/static/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/documents/IndiansForIndians.pdf * Michael Keith’s book, Signals in the Air: Native Broadcasting in America https://www.amazon.com/Signals-Air-Broadcasting-America-Society/dp/0275948765* Podcast #221: The Intertwined History of the Radio and Recording Industries with guest Kyle Barnett: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2019/11/26/podcast-221-the-intertwined-history-of-the-radio-and-recording-industries/ * Podcast #186: African-American Preachers on Wax with guest Lerone Martin https://www.radiosurvivor.com/2019/03/27/podcast-186-african-american-preachers-on-wax/* Podcast #190: Radio Spectrum and Transmission Art with guest Amanda Dawn Christie http://www.radiosurvivor.
Podcast #285 – Running a Big Community Media Organization in the 2nd Year of the Pandemic
Nathan Moore is the General Manager at WTJU and the Staff Advisor of WXTJ at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is also the current President of the Board of the NFCB, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
We invited Nathan Moore onto the show to ask about running community and college radio stations at the start of the second year of the Pandemic. We talk about remote live broadcasting, training and recruiting new volunteers, and strengthening the mission of community and student media and the arts.
* Interview with Nathan Moore at the start of the Pandemic: Podcast #238 – Social Distancing, Going Remote and Automation during Global Pandemic* Nathan Moore’s first interview : Podcast #207 – Building More Communities Around Your Station
* Jennifer’s tour of WTJU and WXTJ https://www.radiosurvivor.com/2017/04/13/radio-station-visit-129-wtju-at-university-of-virginia/* Public Media For All episode of Radio Survivor: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2020/11/04/podcast-270-public-media-for-all/* Virginia college and community radio alliance: https://www.vacollegeradio.org/* Podcast network Virgina audio collective: https://virginiaaudio.org/
Podcast #284 – SpokenWeb and Literary Sound
On this week’s show we learn about SpokenWeb, a Canadian project focused on the preservation of literary sound recordings. Partly inspired by the energetic poetry scene of the 1960s, SpokenWeb works to preserve recordings of these live events and also describe and share this material. Our guest, Hannah McGregor, leads the SpokenWeb Podcast Task Force and hosts the SpokenWeb podcast. She shares not only the back story about SpokenWeb, but also the breadth of material featured on its monthly podcast.
* SpokenWeb website* SpokenWeb podcast* SpokenWeb podcast ShortCuts: Short Stories about How Literature Sounds* Podcast #275 – Making Scholarly Podcasts Count* SpokenWeb Podcast – Drum Codes: The Language of Talking Drums* SpokenWeb Podcast – How are We Listening Now? Signal, Noise, Silence* Podcast #132 – Sounding Out on the Cultural Politics of Sound & Listening* Podcast #283 – Project STAND is Archiving Student Activism* Reviews in DH website* PennSound website* Jennifer’s original SpinningIndie blog* Jennifer’s first scholarly journal article about college radio, ‘Does Indie Mean Independence?’ Freedom and Restraint in a Late 1990s U.S. College Radio Community, is in a July, 2008 edition of Radio Journal* Eric Klein randomly mentioned an old friend who is responsible for his young fandom of Twin Peaks in 1990, Jessica Hoffmann.
Podcast #283 – Project STAND is Archiving Student Activism
On Radio Survivor we are interested in not only audio, but also its history as well as preservation efforts. Along those lines, we have done numerous episodes about archives. We additionally have a strong passion for student-produced media, like high school and college radio. On this episode, we discuss an interesting intersection of the two, as we focus on archives and student activism. Our guest, Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, is the founder of Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented) and is also University Archivist at University of Maryland. She explains to us the importance of archiving student activism, past and present, as well as the complexities and ethical considerations when doing this work.
* Project STAND website* Project STAND podcast: A Blueprint* WMUC Radio* Saving College Radio: WMUC Past, Present and Future online exhibit* Spinning Indie Field Trip 66: College Radio Station WMUC at University of Maryland* Fay M. Jackson and the Color Line: The First African-American Foreign Correspondent for the Associated Negro Press
Photo of Foothill College Archives by Jennifer Waits
Podcast #282 – New FCC, Who Dis?
What a difference a week makes. President Biden has appointed Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, only the second time a woman has held the post. This signals the beginning of a new agenda at the Commission – though currently evenly split down party lines – and Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota is here to help us read the tea leaves.
But that doesn’t mean the legacy of the old FCC is gone yet. Just one day before the inauguration, the agency was in front of the Supreme Court petitioning to get out of its nearly-two-decade Groundhog’s Day of repeatedly failing to properly revisit and revise media ownership rules. Although many press reports concluded that the justices were more sympathetic to the FCC’s arguments, Prof. Terry isn’t so sure, and tells us why. He also itemized some other important issues – like Network Neutrality – that the Commission will likely have to deal with in the coming year.
* Commissioner Rosenworcel’s podcast is “Broadband Conversations“* Broadcasting and Cable says: “government attorneys and broadcasters were likely not unhappy with the tenor of the questioning” when the FCC was in front of the Supreme Court* Podcast #277 – How Does the FCC Solve Anything?* Podcast #281 – Wrapping Up Section 230 & the VOA* Podcast #265 – Inside the “Little Known” Voice of America and the U.S. Agency for Global Media* Leadership Changes at U.S. Agency for Global Media and Voice of America
Podcast #281 – Wrapping Up Section 230 & the VOA
There are a few stories we were watching closely at the end of 2020, and we wanted to bring listeners up to date. First up is Section 230, the law that provides a degree of immunity to online platforms – from social media to community radio stations – for consequences resulting from what their users might post or share on their platforms. Trump had urged its repeal, apparently to get back at big tech companies like Twitter, and installed a new FCC commissioner in December who is very supportive of the FCC taking over administration of the statute, regulating online speech. That put eyes on the FCC’s January meeting. We’ll tell you what happened.
We’ve also been tracking controversies at the Voice of America, where a political appointee has been pressuring staff to avoid news coverage critical of the US. The situation recently came to another head. Then our reflection on VOA’s mission spurs Paul to share the story of when his grandmother was a broadcaster for the service.
We also spend some time learning about Jennifer’s new podcast project, and discuss the evolution of podcast formats since the early days of the medium.
* On these two episodes Prof. Christopher Terry discusses the recent controversies over Section 230:* Podcast #277 – How Does the FCC Solve Anything?* Podcast #258 – Trump Admin Raises the Specter of the Fairness Doctrine* Podcast #265 – Inside the “Little Known” Voice of America and the U.S. Agency for Global Media* PBS Newshour: What we saw the day the Capitol was attacked | ‘America, Interrupted’ Podcast* Marc Maron reflects on the medium of podcasting in the 300th episode of WTF* Updates on changes at the USAGM and VOA in the days following the recording of this episode: Leadership Changes at U.S. Agency for Global Media and Voice of America
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