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Raising the Civil Dead

Prisoners and Community Radio

Heather Anderson

What is prisoners’ radio? Who is involved in «creating» these types of programs and what influence do they have on discourses of law and order? Internationally, radio that operates for, or by, prisoners exists almost exclusively within the community radio context. Little has been documented about the genre so far.
Raising the Civil Dead seeks to address this lack of information. It examines prisoners’ radio as citizens’ media, connecting directly to notions of civic responsibility. It focuses on the ways in which people produce media and how these activities transform those individuals. The research is the result of four in-depth case studies conducted in two countries, complemented by an international inventory of prisoners’ radio programs and stations.

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229 Appendices Appendix A Locked In Program Content 2005 Date: Monday March 14th 2005 Program: Locked In Presenters: Nicki Debreczeni and Heather Anderson Number of letters: 2 letters Number of phone calls: 4 phone calls Visitors: 0 News and information content: Interview with American anti-death penalty activist, Sister Helen Prejean; pre-recorded and conducted by Nichola Errington (4ZzZ music coordinator). Type of Section Details and information of interest Introduction Music • Little Red Car – “Over Protective Mother” • Triffids – “Beautiful Waste” • Ramones – “Happy Families” Back announcement Phone Requests • Operation Ivy – “Caution” • NO FX – “Perfect Government” • Razor – “Task Force” Phone Request • Rancid – “Born Frustrated” Promoting contact details, mail and telephone Phone request (1) • David Hirschfelder and the Bogo Podo Orchestra – “Cumparsita” • Bart Willoughby – “Don’t knock the block” Music • Wiseacre – “Overreaction” Back Nicki’s two children have joined her in the studio, Jacob (5) and announcement Shirley (3). They back announce the song with a little help from Nicki and she chats with them, encouraging them to speak into the microphone. Jacob does a very ‘professional’ back announce. “You’re listening to 4ZzZ’s prisoners’ show”. Nicki reads a letter during this segment. 230 Requests • Rage Against the Machine – “Know Your Enemy” • Guns and Roses – “Patience” Phone request • Tool – “Intolerance” • Tool – “Crawl Away” Station ID for 4ZzZ Nicki reads letter Requests (2) • The Business – “Takers and Users” • Fun Loving Criminals – “Scooby Snacks” Music • Dayglo Abortions – “Old School” • The Mavis’ – “Naughty Boy” Interview Sister Helen Prejean, death row support person and advocate Part One against the death penalty. Music...

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