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Title: Accented Radio in Miami and New Orleans
Authors: Moylan, Katie M.
First Published: 2-Oct-2018
Publisher: transcript Verlag, Bielefeld
Citation: Moylan, K., Accented Radio in Miami and New Orleans. in G. Föllmer, A. Badenoch. (eds), Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium. pp. 47-56
Abstract: “Accented radio” is an idea I developed drawing from Hamid Naficy’s (2001) concept of accented cultural production to explore a specifically transcultural mode of radio production. Through analyses of accented radio production, I argue here that transcultural radio programs can function as an alternative to often reductive top-down radio representations of marginalized and minority communities. My use of this concept builds on Naficy’s theory of accented film production as a transcultural mode of production which signifies not only the “accent” of those represented but also the producers’ experiences of displace-ment, movement and settlement which are then embedded in the text produced. An accented mode of production incorporates the sense of duality characteris-tic of transnational experience, as the migrant or minority subject speaks from a migrant/minority perspective to a migrant/minority community, yet from within the normative communication structures of the host country (Naficy 2001) and/or from within a public sphere characterized by reductive represen-tations of the given community and often by limited spaces for community self-expression. “Accented radio” provides a critical lens incorporating exploration of elements of production practice (guest and topic choices; information provi-sion; air time for callers in to the show) which reinforce community-building for marginalized and minority communities on air.1 Deploying accented radio as an embodiment of transcultural community production enables exploration of what John Hartley (2000) has identified as radio’s community-building ten-dencies, allowing for a combined analysis of aesthetic, political and production components which comprise community forms of programming.
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3913-1
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, 2018. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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