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An Alternative InternetRadical Media, Politics and Creativity$
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Chris Atton

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617692

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617692.001.0001

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Alternative Radio and the Internet

Alternative Radio and the Internet

(p.114) Chapter 5 Alternative Radio and the Internet
An Alternative Internet

Chris Atton

Edinburgh University Press

Radio as a contemporary public medium tends to be considered primarily in terms of its industrial and cultural arrangements. Radio broadcasting may be categorised into five types: public service broadcasting, commercial radio, state radio, community (or micro) radio and pirate radio. The case study of Resonance FM in this chapter suggests a number of ways in which radical artistic production may be developed through alternative radio. Resonance FM is a UK station broadcasting to central London and began broadcasting in 1998 under the British government's Restricted Service Licence scheme (RSL). Resonance FM, in common with many radio stations (commercial, public service, state and alternative), has begun to employ the Internet to supplement its analogue or digital transmissions. This chapter explores radio on the Internet and the implication of the Internet for an analogue-based station such as Resonance. After discussing the features and characteristics of Internet radio, the chapter asks what happens to radio when it is transmitted through the Internet.

Keywords:   Internet radio, Resonance FM, Internet, radio broadcasting, alternative radio, Restricted Service Licence, radio stations

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