Radio as Reguards to the Bill of Rights & as a Sense of Community

Radio as in Reguards to the Bill of Rights

Should it then seem reasonable that radio serve however and whoever they choose? The 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution prohibits “…abridging of the freedom of speech or of the press.” Congress voiced support of radio confirming it as the best mainstream mode for providing access to news and culture within communities because of its low costs and greater ease of distribution. Yet, as a believer “in the reality of working-class intellectual activity, and choices made by popular audiences,” McKee noted “that empirical research into popular audiences suggested that they do not passively accept what they’re given, but interpret it in their own ways.”

Radio as a Sense of Community

Radio’s birth within communities has matured to that dependable source for information strictly relevant to those people of a given community. For example, here at North Central College, our radio station, 89.1 FM, WONC, portrays a great representation of community radio. Listeners choose to call in to request songs. Often times, they tell us we do a great job by engaging in “light” conversations. WONC serves as the medium to the community by delivering updates or hosting individuals who give information about community events in Naperville.

The “feeling” of community was expressed in the Prometheus Radio Project when it stated that 90% of new radio stations are those of community radio. To look at this in another way, we’ve all heard of Hillary Clinton’s book It Takes a Village and how it takes many people to get a job done. Simply put, it takes a community to keep radio “on-air.” This relates to Mary Ellen Kachinske’s claim about how hot adult contemporary top 40 stations make their mark by getting big strong morning shows. In doing so, she identified three legs that make a station stand tall in a market: great music, a great morning show, and good marketing. She adds, “We are lucky enough to have Eric and Kathy. They’ve been together going on 16 years now as of the year 2012. There wasn’t anything like Eric and Kathy at the time. I kind of think they’re like Seinfeld. Their show is like everything and nothing at the same time. You can find out a lot, and maybe some of it isn’t important, but it’s always entertaining. It may not be funny, but it’s always compelling.” McKee relates using cultural capital from one culture in the public sphere that can make it easier for one group to understand something.   Journalist Jacques-Rene Hebert wrote “You must swear with those who swear…anyone who appreciates frankness and probity…will not blush at the fucks and buggers that I insert here and there with my joys and angers. “ (Hartley, 1996)

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