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Radio Survivor

Radio Sur­vivor cel­e­brates 10 years on the inter­net and four years pod­cast­ing with our 200th episode. Matthew Lasar joins Jen­nifer Waits, Eric Klein and Paul Riis­man­del for this review of the last decade in radio that matters.

Matthew tells the Radio Sur­vivor ori­gin sto­ry that sprang forth from his I.F. Stone inspired research deep into the dig­i­tal cat­a­combs of the FCC data­base, unearthing com­ments that broad­cast execs nev­er imag­ined would be pub­lic – such as one who accused promi­nent media reformists of being com­mu­nists.”

Jen­nifer recalls how a lit­er­a­ture review for a jour­nal arti­cle on col­lege radio revealed how lit­tle schol­ar­ly work exist­ed on the top­ic, com­pelling her to doc­u­ment this impor­tant media form that Matthew says he has learned is, the first pub­lic radio.” The present is future his­to­ry,” Jen­nifer observes. This prompts Paul to com­ment how we’ve begun to ful­fill that promise, giv­en that Radio Sur­vivor now has dozens of cita­tions in schol­ar­ly works.

On the way through these sto­ries, every­one notes the changes in the broad­cast and online media land­scape since 2009, how some pub­li­ca­tions have come and gone, and offer­ing rea­sons why Radio Sur­vivor has man­aged to sur­vive. It’s a dis­cus­sion of inter­est to any­one who has tried to, or wants to, sus­tain a pas­sion project fueled pri­mar­i­ly by vol­un­teer labor.