Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration

Transnational Broadcasting in a Local Context: Case Study of Iranian Radio in Los Angeles

TitleTransnational Broadcasting in a Local Context: Case Study of Iranian Radio in Los Angeles
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsCoyer, K.
Conference NameAnnual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, San Francisco
Pagination22 pages
Date Published23 May 2007
PublisherAll academic research
Place PublishedOnline
Type of WorkConference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
1) Abstract

Iranian radio in Los Angeles confounds traditional notions of community-based broadcasting. Practitioners and listeners see the stations as 'community radio' but each are advertiser-driven, commercial radio broadcasting. The stations broadcast in Farsi for Iranian Americans living in Los Angeles, utilising a variety of broadacst technologies. As this study indicates, tensions exist among the programmers; they were relatively new to radio, most with little or no previous experience, and decidedly not a part of what often felt like an "old boys" club shaped along political lines. Although Iranian radio in Los Angeles cannot technically be defined as community radio, it feels like community broadcasting for both listeners and station personnel precisely because it fulfils neighbourhood-based, community-oriented objectives beyond simply offering a niche-market format, and in turn, position commercial, ethnic radio as a means by which groups can contest the space of traditional media power. What is defined as community broadcasting is in many ways contingent on what community is being asked the question. For diasporic media and ethnic broadcasting, the traditionl distinctions between models of broadcasting are far less relevent than the role that the media serve for linguistic and ethnic minorities.

2.1) Publication LanguageEnglish
2.2) Type & Structure

The paper first outlines the theoretical construct for the discussion which centres around Askoy's and Robins' rethinking of migration and media, and then provides some background into the Iranian community in Los Angeles. The main focus of the paper is to discuss three Persian stations in particular and the broadcast space in which they occupy.

2.3) Original Research or Not


3.1) Main Issues

The paper seeks to define what constitutes community broadcasting. Through detailed case studies of Iranian radio stations, the author examines employment practices, programme diversity and servicing migrant communities.

3.2) Media

Radio stations: the papaer utilises data collected through case studies of three radio stations

3.3) Media Genres

Radio Stations

3.4) Key Theories

Askoy's and Robinsons' (2003) theory on trannational media and migration

4.1) Relevance

It is highly relevant to employment practices in the media as it offers insights into staff recruitment and training in migrant-owned radio stations.

Keywordsin-house training, professional development, recruitment (word of mouth), recruitment procedures, USA
Tagsalternative media, community radio, minority media, transnational broadcasting