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"Playlist value" in three local commercial radio stations

Nardi, C. (2012) "Playlist value" in three local commercial radio stations. In: Montano, E. and Nardi, C. (eds.) Situating Popular Musics: IASPM 16th International Conference Proceedings. Liverpool: International Association for the Study of Popular Music. 2225-0301. pp. 317-326.

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Abstract: Based on fieldwork in Trento, Italy, this paper investigates the process of playlisting in three commercial radio stations, illustrating the implicit and explicit norms that define this process. I call special attention to DJs and their activity of mediation between music makers and their audience – an activity that includes the choice and the manipulation of musical material for precise communicative goals. It is my aim to show how the definition of what is appropriate for the playlist, which I define as “playlist value”, is subject to different kinds of constraints. Among these, on the one hand we find more pressing structural restrictions from advertisers, music labels and functional features of the radio; on the other hand, we find less urgent, and yet just as effective cultural constraints, that push DJs to adjust their playlists to those of national networks
Uncontrolled Keywords: Radio, broadcast, playlist, DJ, network, influence
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1991 Radio broadcasts
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications > HE8689 Radio and television broadcasting
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML3469 Popular music
Creators: Nardi, Carlo
Editors: Montano, Ed and Nardi, Carlo
Publisher: International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology
Date: 20 December 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 317-326
Title of Book: Situating Popular Musics: IASPM 16th International Conference Proceedings
Event Title: Situating Popular Musics: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) 16th International Conference
Event Dates: 27 June - 01 July 2011
Place of Publication: Liverpool
Event Location: Grahamstown, South Africa
Event Type: Conference
Number of Pages: 359
Language: English
ISBN: 2225-0301
Media of Output: Electronic
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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