The series, based on original research and extensive field-recordings, traced the role of sound and listening in social life across different global cultures from prehistory to the present-day. David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in Brilliant and thought-provoking - curl up somewhere noisy and enjoy!
NOISE is the literary equivalent, opening our ears and our minds to the sound worlds of other lives and times, and perhaps encouraging us to listen to our own familiar soundscapes with fresh ears. The chapter on bells and the muezzin is particularly interesting about the way human life has been framed by the sounds of religion and folklore… Hendy is grappling manfully with the entire spread of human history, and alights upon some fascinating ideas and arguments.
As social history it's hard to beat.
Challenging the opinion that public service broadcasting is a thing of the past, David explains its importance in the present — and in the future. As a leading expert in the field, this book explores the development of public service broadcasting, outlining the key debates and issues, while situating them within wider cultural contexts. In this first major behind-the-scenes account of the station's history, David Hendy - a former producer for Radio Four - draws on privileged access to the BBC's own archives and new interviews with key personnel to illuminate the arguments and controversies behind the creation of some of its most popular programmes.
He reveals the station's struggle to justify itself in a television age, favouring clear branding and tightly-targeted audiences, with bitter disputes between the BBC and its fiercely loyal listeners. The story of these struggles is about more than the survival of one radio network: Radio Four has been a lightning rod for all sorts of wider social anxieties over the past forty years.
A kaleidoscopic view of the changing nature of the BBC, the book provides a gripping insight into the very nature of British life and culture in the last decades of the twentieth century. Radio in the Global Age offers a wide-ranging introduction to the role of radio in contemporary society. It places radio, for the first time, in a global context, and pays special attention to the impact of the Internet, digitalization and globalization on the political-economy of radio.
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Radio Four has been described as 'the greatest broadcasting channel in the world', the 'heartbeat of the BBC', a cultural icon of Britishness, and the voice of Middle England. Radio Four has been described as "the greatest broadcasting channel in the world," the "heartbeat of the BBC," a cultural icon of Britishness, and the voice of.
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