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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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8 The importance of research

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8 The importance of research

Radio broadcasting practices in Turkey and commercial radio stations, in particular, serve as an advertising tool for music producers. The educational and cultural functions of the radio have been ignored, and the only content that can be designed for auditory elements by sector professionals has been assumed just music. In order to discern this misconception, the concept of radio has to be re-designed through the new communication technologies in company with its traditional functions. This is also dubbed a problem by the researchers who conduct research in the domain of radio in Turkey.

In addition, some of the university radio stations in Turkey offer only music and entertainment broadcasting contents in a similar manner to commercial radio stations. There are very few radio stations with qualified academic content. However, no university radio station serves as a full-fledged educational radio station. From this point of view, with the data obtained from the results of this research, the potential of educational radio practices and new practice ways that have existed in the world for many years are significant for Turkey’s alternative practices. The concept of educational radio to be designed will be integrated into the university radio stations with the mission of guiding the industry, and this makes the study even more important. The project will be designed and developed primarily within the Istanbul University Faculty of Communication. This practice is intended to play a leading role.←39 | 40→ ←40 | 41→

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