Just be yourself? Talk radio and performance and authentic on-air selves

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Helen Wolfenden grapples with one of the great clichés of radio performance, the constant advice to “just be yourself”. This chapter explores one of the great dilemmas that face radio broadcasters, especially new ones: how to be one’s self, while performing. Wolfenden discusses critical elements of finding and selecting selves to be, being “authentic” and what performance for the audience means to radio broadcasters. This chapter reveals the complex nature of what is actually happening for the broadcaster as a person and a performer when the microphone is turned on.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRadio and society
Subtitle of host publicationNew thinking for an old medium
EditorsMatt Mollgaard
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781443836074
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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