It’s real. It exists. You can actually buy it.

coverRadio in the Digital Age is now available to purchase. It’s taken a while – I was finished writing it in January – but it’s gone through the whole process now, and you can have your own copy.

I’ve been promised that it will be available on the Kindle store any day now (I actually made a point of putting it into the contract that it’d be available digitally from day one – but apparently there’s been a slight delay) and it’ll be launched in America on December 16th.

I’m yet to see it in an actual bookshop – but that may be only because I haven’t set foot in an actual bookshop since it came out last week. Who knows? They could be everywhere. But I know for a fact that you can buy one online and it will be in your hands in a matter of mere days.

Exciting stuff. For me, I mean. Your milage may vary.

Buy it here or get it on Amazon UK or Amazon US

Radio for indigenous consumer rights

Interesting idea for a radio programme that comes out of a bit of personal activism… My Dardy Car has been made for radio stations that target Aboriginal listeners in Western Australia.

It includes interviews with Indigenous car owners, dealers and ‘bush mechanics’ and informs people about their rights when buying a car.

Indigenous education officer Carol Dowling says some Aboriginal people buy vehicles without physically seeing them because they live in remote communities.

“It’s literally myself going around into the community and yarning to them about their experiences of buying and repairing cars,” she said.

Read the full article.

KCRW: Public Radio in the Digital Age

It’s Independence Day in the USA, which seems a good time to look at public and independent radio (in the digital age) in America. Here’s a very recent Google Hangout hosted by Betsy Moyer, Director of Digital Content Strategy at KCRW, discussing just that topic. Mike Macadaan of LA Tech Studio Science Inc moderates.

It’s the first in a series, and a fascinating discussion between some very smart and reflective practitioners who are at the cutting edge of online implementation and the use of social media technologies from within a radio broadcasting context. Definitely worth a watch – both for radio professionals thinking about the online space, and for radio academics who want to get a grasp of some of the discourse.

It’s also worth having a read through the comments on the hangout page as others get involved in the discussion.

It’s great to have this resource (and a brilliant way to share knowledge between practitioners) – and I only wish they’d started doing this before I finished writing the book.