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The international perspective on a radio centenary

On 6 November 2019 the Netherlands will celebrate 100 years of radio. This date sees the 100th anniversary of the first transmission of a previously publicized radio broadcast, the first in a series by the radio station founded by inventor Hanso Idzerda. It marked the beginning of the extraordinary large number of broadcasting activities as we know them today. Radio has been tremendously significant for society and culture in the last century, and it is predicted that it will continue to play a major role albeit in a constantly changing context. Indeed, radio has survived and thrived in the last 100 years by continuously adapting to changing social, cultural and technological circumstances.

The academic endeavours to reconstruct and explain the position of radio through a historical lens enable us to consider the medium’s future. Doing so helps us to reflect on the development of a new and unknown technology towards a mainstream medium that is primarily powerful due to ‘connectivity’: its ability to connect people from all walks of life in various locations and situations. Its strength to connect those with different backgrounds, identities and tastes suggests that radio has a new and vital future in the digital age of interactive media and narrowcasting technology.

The centenary celebration takes place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum that houses a wealth of archive material related to Dutch radio history.

Keynote speakers Prof. Huub Wijfjes, Prof. Paddy Scannell, Dr. Morten Michelsen, Prof. Kate Lacey and Prof. Michele Hilmes

Organizing committee:

Prof. Huub Wijfjes – University of Groningen/University of Amsterdam
Dr. Vincent Kuitenbrouwer – University of Amsterdam
Dr. Anya Luscombe – Utrecht University


Wednesday 6 November - programme preliminary to the conference

11:00 Recalling the global impact of Radio Netherlands, the Dutch World Broadcasting System
12:30 Symposium ‘toekomst van de radio’  - Kees Toering en Jan Westerhof
16:30 Presentation of Book De Radio, een cultuurgeschiedenis.  (A cultural history of Radio)  

Thursday 7 November

9:00 Opening conference
Keynote 1: Huub Wijfjes ‘The Dutch claim to radio centenary fame, an archeology of radio broadcasting
10:00 - 11:30 Session 1: Radio and identities
chair: Vincent Kuitenbrouwer
Anne MacLennan,  Paul Rixon, Pekka Salosaari, Alexander Badenoch
11:30 Keynote 2: Paddy Scannell: 'The schedule and the  longue duree'
13:30 - 15:00 Session 2: Radio Information & Education
chair: Anya Luscombe
Steven Barclay, Marith Dieker,  Enock Mac’Ouma, Michael Nevradakis
15:15 - 16:45 Session 3: Radio Music
chair: Philomeen Lelieveldt
Kristen van den Buys, Lisette Derksen, Ian Giocondo, Peter Lewis
16:45 - 17:30 Keynote 3: Morton Michelsen: Changing Policies during a Century of Western European Music Radio
17:30 Conference drinks & buffet and tours of Sound and Vision

Friday 8 November

9:00 - 9:45 Keynote 4: Kate Lacey Routes for Research at the Turn of the Radio Century
10:00 - 11:15 Session 4: Radio cultures and the culture of radi0
Chair: Alexander Badenoch
Carolyn Birdsall, Leslie McMurtry and Hugh Chignell, Hans Ulrich Wagner
11:30 - 13:00 Session 5: Radio Sport
Chair: Huub Wijfjes
Niek Pas, Ruud Stokvis
14:00 - 15:30 Session 6: - Radio between old and new technologies
Chair: Carolyn Birdsall
Daithi McMahon, Jim Rogers, Amanda Brouwers
15:45 - 16:30 Keynote Michele Hilmes:  The Persistence of Radio: Throughlines'