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.
|Title of host publication||Radio and society|
|Subtitle of host publication||New thinking for an old medium|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
Wolfenden, H. (2012). Just be yourself? Talk radio and performance and authentic on-air selves. In M. Mollgaard (Ed.), Radio and society: New thinking for an old medium (pp. 134-148). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.