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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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14 Conclusion and comments

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14 Conclusion and comments

Since the radio became involved in social life as the very first electromagnetic mass media, its potential to offer education-training services for individuals in formal or non-formal manners has been acknowledged by all the circles and utilized accordingly. While this role of the radio took a back seat for a long time following the invention of TVs, it has been a part of our lives as a mass media that can reach out to the largest masses ever in cheap, rapid, and effective ways as it is swiftly and easily adapted to modern mobile technologies.

Global cases offered many different practices for educational radio stations throughout the history. Apart from commercial radio stations that make up most of them, some educational radio stations offer an educational service designed by a curriculum in all aspects while some others serve as a complementary element of education. Standing apart from commercial and public broadcasting in nature, community radio stations have set major examples across the world for educational radio broadcasting.

This study is intended to analyze major community and university-based radio stations in Australia and put forth defining characteristics for their practices that fit for modern circumstances. The study features six radio stations in major Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Newcastle namely one student-run online radio station, two community radio stations with a general license, and three community radio stations with an educational license. The in-depth interviews held with the...

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