Community Radio in Ireland: Participation and Multi-flows of Communication
Rosemary Day (2008) Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press This academic text investigates the fundamental tenets of community radio as a movement through the examination of the experience of six contemporary Irish community radio stations. The issues explored focus on the concept of community and how it is constructed through communication, on an interrogation of the role and meaning of participation by people in a mass medium and on the creation of the multi-flows of communication that are facilitated by this participation. The research spans a ten year period covering licensed community broadcasting in Ireland from its infancy to adulthood but the lessons learned are generally applicable. The theoretical frameworks introduced will be of interest to academics in the fields of communication theory, radio research, new media research, community development and sociology. http://www.hamptonpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=1-57273-859-6&Category_Code=Q20 Bicycle Highway: Celebrating
Community Radio in Ireland. Rosemary Day (Editor) (2007) Dublin: The Liffey Press This edited book provides an illustrated road map to the vibrant community radio movement in Ireland today. Written by people from all over Ireland who are actively involved in making community radio happen, the authors include volunteers, managers and regulators from the community radio sector. Organised in three sections, the book ranges from history, philosophy and reflections on best practice to the personal reminiscences of those who were actively involved in establishing radio stations in their own local communities. Section One charts the development of community radio in Ireland from its early days in the pirate era to the present. Section Two looks at the aims, issues and main concerns of community radio in Ireland today. Each chapter explores an area of major importance for community radio activists through the example of individual stations. These issues include the empowerment of marginalised people, adult education, the participation of women and the Irish language. Section Three is a delightful freewheel down memory lane, as the people who make community radio reminisce about the joys and difficulties of running a radio station where the people who listen can also have their say. Thanks to Salvatore Scifo for sending these reviews!