American Radio Art and the Documentary Imagination: Breakaway and Castaway Emissions from Broadcast to Podcast

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Listen Up is the world's first publication to take a look at American radio art as a distinct sound art practice. Analytical essays by leading media art historians and practitioners discuss how the field took shape in the context of changing broadcast environments and sociopolitical realities, while manifestos and other original documents provide vivid glimpses into the concerns of artists seeking to insert their alternative visions into the mass medium radio. The volume also elucidates the role of prominent artists who worked extensively for European broadcasters and considers the difference between sound works for broadcast radio and their internet incarnations.
This chapter by Virginia Madsen explores radio art in America as aligned with the documentary imagination as it evolved in sound broadcasting and electronic media. The chapter traces lines of development from the golden age of radio to the podcasting revolution, with an emphasis on the US and the international context. It asks questions concerning the nature of radio expression and audio art.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationListen Up!
Subtitle of host publicationRadio Art in the USA
EditorsAnne Thurmann-Jajes, Regine Beyer
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherTranscript Verlag
ISBN (Electronic)9783839446256
ISBN (Print)9783837646252
Publication statusIn preparation - 2 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameSchriftenreihe für Künstlerpublikationen
PublisherTranscript Verlag
ISSN (Print)837646252
ISSN (Electronic)839446256


  • radio art
  • broadcast media forms and history
  • audio art
  • electronic media art
  • media history
  • radio history
  • podcasting history
  • media art
  • American art
  • American radio
  • ABC radio history
  • public broadcasting radio
  • art History
  • sound arts
  • media aesthetics
  • Fine Arts
  • documentary (radio and film)
  • artists-USA
  • artists-Australia
  • radio features and documentary radio programmes (forms and history)


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