This module explores the historical value of radio archives and the role of radio as a tool of propaganda predominantly, but not exclusively, in a national context. It charts radio as an agent of both culture and propaganda via radio archives and podcasts. The course assesses key moments in Irish radio history (e.g., de Valera’s riposte to Churchill, the recordings of Lord Haw Haw). It considers the effect on Irish culture and society of pioneering programmes on RTÉ Radio One (e.g., Dear Frankie, Woman Today and the Gay Byrne Show). Draws on BBC7 and RTÉ Radio One archives. Radio as a historical source is examined. Practices in making documentaries are introduced.
Module coordinator: Dr Finola Doyle-O’Neill.