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Friday, January 30, 2015

Chenjerai Kumanyika (Transom.org)

Middle Aged White Dudes: The Sound of Public Radio

What constitutes a proper “public radio” voice? While at a radio workshop, Chenjerai Kumanyika, an assistant professor of popular culture at Clemson University, found that he was feeling out of place. He read his script aloud and quickly realized he was narrating his story in a voice that was not quiet his own—a realization that pushed him to reflect on the tone of public radio and its voices. "Journalists of various ethnicities, genders and other identity categories intentionally or unintentionally internalize and 'code-switch' to be consistent with culturally dominant 'white' styles of speech and narration." Kumanyika discusses what or who is the "public" in public radio.

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