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The Role Of Commercial Radio In Shaping Our Society

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In my last article, about radio station The Rock staging a reprehensible ‘Win a Wife’ competition I stated that “The hegemonic role of commercial radio is an area waiting to be explored.” this article is intended to be a start to that discussion.

In the 1930′s American public intellectuals such as James Rorty saw the commercial control of radio placing an important communications technology in the hands of an undemocratic minority (the ‘captains of capitalism’) and worried that commercial radio would hastened the centralisation of control of American life in the hands of big business (see

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