Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Chair: Nick Spitzer (American Routes--Tulane University )
Rachel Claire Hopkin (KGOU, Norman, OK)
Richard March (Down Home Dairyland Radio)
Jessica Turner (American Folklore Society)
Radio—as Vox humana—is ideal for documenting/presenting folklore as intangible expressive culture to scalable publics from particular communities to broad national listenerships. Radio has been a means of airing recordings and live performances of traditional music and interviews with culture-bearers since the 1920s. In recent decades, folklorist/ethnomusicologist, producer/hosts on community and public radio have brought careful research, quality field-recordings, strong production values, and curated playlists to broadcasts. Radio remains intangible, intimate, unobtrusive, flexible and inexpensive. It offers diverse audiences for: conjoined oral tradition and oral history; performance, ethnography, celebration and critique in a public space. Folklore on the radio, literally and metaphorically, is a primary "genre of representation" in the "cultural conversation" about cultural conservation and creativity.