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Making Waves Behind BarsThe Prison Radio Association$
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Charlotte Bedford

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203363

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203363.001.0001

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‘The Power of Radio’: Radio and Social Change

‘The Power of Radio’: Radio and Social Change

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(p.19) 1 ‘The Power of Radio’: Radio and Social Change
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Making Waves Behind Bars
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Charlotte Bedford

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529203363.003.0002

This chapter utilizes the Prison Radio Association's (PRA) core statement regarding ‘the power of radio’ as a starting point from which to explore the key ideas around radio as a socially and individually transformative medium in order to inform the understanding of how it came to be used in prison. The chapter outlines the shifting relationship between radio broadcasting and social change and argues that the evolution and establishment of radio within prisons is indicative of new opportunities for media activism, demonstrating the enduring social relevance and impact of radio. The chapter also places the development of National Prison Radio within a wider debate on the history and future of noncommercial broadcasting, based on the balance between governmental regulation and control on the one hand, and the countercultural opportunities it produces on the other.

Keywords:   radio, Prison Radio Association, PRA, prison, social change, radio broadcasting, media activism, National Prison Radio, governmental regulation

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