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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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7 Problem statement


7 Problem statement

Today, a significant number of radio broadcasting practices are carried out on the basis of music-entertainment. Widespread practices of commercial radio stations are captured in the functioning of university radio stations, and the educational function of radio is overlooked. The dominant position of today’s technology, especially internet technology, in our social life has led to the domination of images and visual culture. The traditional value of ‘the word’ and its influence on people has gradually been pushed back into the background.

It is known that the audio-based technique of radio has helped individuals with the auditory memory about learning activities. However, in recent years, especially in Turkey, practices and studies for educational function of radio have not been carried out adequately and systematically. This study seeks answers to questions about how the educational function of radio broadcasting should be served through opportunities provided by modern interactive options, and how the content structure of university radio stations should be designed.←37 | 38→ ←38 | 39→

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