What is Radio? Exploring the past, present, and future of radio


APRIL 25-27, 2013

The conference will feature a unique coalescing of radio professionals, media scholars and students, government and community officials, as well as interested community groups and the public. The event will feature keynote speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, and other events, in an attempt to answer questions about the changing nature of radio.

Tune in to all of the speakers in the Main Event Room (142/144) via Live Stream

See the full program here.

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Johnston Lecture Series

The conference begins on Thursday, April 25, with the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Johnston Lecture Series. The Johnston Lecture brings professionals to the school for campus lectures, workshops, and discussions with students, faculty members, and members of the community. It honors Dick Johnston, a gifted magazine editor, writer, and war correspondent who devoted himself to high-quality journalism. The project was made possible with generous gifts from his widow, Laurie; George E. Jones of U.S. News and World Report; and the Correspondents Fund.

The 2013 Johnston Lecturer is Charles Jaco.

Charles Jaco

Charles Jaco is a world-renowned journalist, author, columnist, and radio host who has had a robust career with NBC, CNN, CBS and Fox, where he’s covered wars, riots, and countless earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. He has also covered political news from Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon. He has won two Edward R. Murrow awards, six National Headliner awards, and many other national and international journalism awards; two programs on which he worked have received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.

Johnston Lecture Details

Doors open at 5:30 pm on April 25 for the lecture, followed by a reception
Events Room 142/144 at the White Stag Block
Free and open to the public
RSVP online by April 18

Click here to RSVP for the Johnston Lecture.


What is Radio? Plenary Speakers

Paddy Scannell

Professor, Communication Studies, University of Michigan

Author of A Social History of British Broadcasting, 1922-1939 (with David Cardiff); Radio, Television and Modern Life; and editor of Broadcast Talk.


John Durham Peters

Craig Baird Professor, University of Iowa

Author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication.


Daniel Gilfillan

Arizona State University

Acting Director, Institute for Humanities Research

Associate Professor, German Studies/Information Literacy

Affiliate Faculty, Film and Media Studies, Jewish Studies

Author: Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio

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Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman

Assistant Professor of English, State University of New York at Binghamton

Director, The Binghamton University Sound Studies Collective;

Editor-in-Chief and Guest Posts Editor, Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog



Kate Lacey

Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex

Author, Listening Publics: The Politics and Experience of Listening in the Media Age (due April 2013, Polity)