The Radio Journal publishes critical analyses of radio and sound media across a variety of platforms, from broadcast to podcast and all in between.  We define “radio” broadly to include not only traditional broadcasting, but any form of creative or factual expression that takes place primarily through sound.


We look for articles that explore the production, circulation and reception of radio and creative soundwork, and encourage a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives on both historical and contemporary issues in sound-based journalism and media studies. The Radio Journal welcomes scholarship from early career researchers as well as internationally renowned scholars.


The Radio Journal is an English-language journal with a strong international editorial board. It is a refereed publication; all research articles undergo rigorous double-blind peer review.

See,id=123/ for submission guidelines.  Contact us at


Subjects the Journal covers include

  • The history of sound media, from radio to the MP3
  • Radio drama, documentary, features, news, and discussion
  • Music and/on radio
  • Digital sound forms, such as podcasts, streaming audio, audiobooks, and apps
  • Community, local, regional, national, and international broadcasting
  • Theories and methods of radio and radio studies
  • Sound theory and aesthetics
  • Radio and sound interfaces, services, and technologies
  • Listening as a cultural practice
  • Sound audiences and fan practices
  • Radio and soundwork criticism
  • Broadcasting institutions, industries, policies, and professional practices
  • Policy and rights issues affecting radio and sound media
  • Gender, race, class, sexuality and sound
  • Archival issues and audio preservation
  • Radio and sound studies pedagogy

The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media is designed for all those interested in research into the production, reception, texts and contexts of radio and audio media. This includes all structures, forms and genres of radio broadcasting and also embraces net distribution and audio streaming of radio services and texts, CD-ROMs, books-on-tape, and sound art.

The journal welcomes individual contributions from established and new scholars, including work and research in progress. Critical approaches are invited from a range of scholarly disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Joint and/or inter-disciplinary submissions are also encouraged. Original work on practice and production in the radio industries is as welcome as theory formation. Pedagogical issues will be covered in an annual feature on the teaching of radio studies.

Scholars around the world researching in radio are invited to submit original articles of between 4-6,000 words. The Journal will also publish book reviews, conference reports, occasional viewpoint essays on current debates, and news of web-based radio and archive sources for research.

Subjects the Journal aims to cover include

  • Theories and practices of contemporary radio
  • ( local, national or international), community, state or public service, non-profit-making or commercial, broadcast or streamed in any country or language
  • Radio histories and futures
  • Content or textual analyses of radio or audio media
  • Radio talk
  • Radio drama
  • Radio news and entertainment
  • Radio advertising
  • Radio art
  • Music radio and the music business
  • Radio audiences
  • Gender, race, class, sexuality and the radio
  • Theories of listening and the audible world
  • Radio, education and democracy in the developing world
  • Audio books
  • Audio texts on the internet and CDrom
  • Technologies and cultures of internet audio streaming
  • Digital radio systems, regulation and competition
  • Radio and digital convergence
  • New wireless telephony
  • Radio and globalisation
  • Cross-media and cross-cultural comparisons