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Interactive Practices on Educational Radio

From Australia to Turkey

Fırat Tufan

The main objective of this book is to propose a new interactive educational radio model for Turkey. Thus, six educational, community and university-based radio stations in Australia were researched. In terms of representing the entire country and all educational radio broadcasting practices, samples were selected from different structures and cities of Australia. After obtaining required data in the participant observation process, in-depth interviews with radio representatives were carried out. It was questioned, what the basic factors of effective educational radio stations are, how today's broadcasting technologies affect the relationship between radio and its audience and how interpersonal communication process reflects new radio broadcasting practices.

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Within the scope of this study, educational community radio stations in Australia were researched. Australia is one of the leading countries in distance education via radio broadcasting, and it had been preferred for this reason. After obtaining required data in the participant observation process, in-depth interviews with radio representatives were carried out. In this context, it was questioned, what the basic factors of effective educational radio stations are, how today’s broadcasting technologies affect the relationship between radio and its audience, and how interpersonal communication process reflects to new radio broadcasting practices. Radio is used as an educational medium from the past to the present in Australia, so thanks to today’s interactive applications, educational function of radio was questioned as well. The research was carried out in six educational, community, and university-based radio stations in Australia. In terms of representing the entire country and all educational radio broadcasting practices, samples were selected from different structures and cities of Australia. In this context, 2SER, a community radio station that has an educational license and operates within the University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University; 2NUR, a community radio station that has a general license and operates within the University of Newcastle; 3RRR from Melbourne, a community radio station that has an educational license; 3CR from Melbourne, a community radio station that has a general license; Curtin, a community radio station has an educational license that operates within the Curtin University; and SURG, a student-run online radio station that...

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