Therapist, Companion, and Friend: The Under-appreciated Role of Talkback Radio in Australia

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Title Therapist, Companion, and Friend: The Under-appreciated Role of Talkback Radio in Australia
Author Ewart, Jacqueline Ann
Journal Name Journal of Radio and Audio Media
Editor Joseph R Blaney
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The positive role that some forms of talkback radio play in the lives of audiences has received relatively little attention from researchers. Participants in a study that explored why Australian talkback radio program audiences listen to and call particular programs revealed engagement with this form of radio makes a significant contribution to their sense of well being. Study participants identified that these programs provide them with therapy and a valued sense of connection to community. For the lonely, talkback radio offered companionship and the opportunity to develop friendships. This article explores how talkback radio contributes to audience members' well being.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19376529.2011.615775
Volume 18
Issue Number 2
Page from 231
Page to 245
ISSN 1937-6529
Date Accessioned 2011-10-28
Language en_US
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Media Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42239
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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