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Boring DJs who never shut up, and who don't even pick their own records. The same hits, over and over. A constant stream of annoying commercials. How did radio get so dull? Not by accident, contends journalist and historian Jesse Walker. For decades, government and big business have colluded to monopolize the airwaves, stamping out competition, reducing variety, and silencing dissident voices. And yet, in the face of such pressure, an alternative radio tradition has tenaciously survived. From the unlicensed amateurs who invented broadcasting to the community radio movement of the 1960s and…mehr

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Boring DJs who never shut up, and who don't even pick their own records. The same hits, over and over. A constant stream of annoying commercials. How did radio get so dull? Not by accident, contends journalist and historian Jesse Walker. For decades, government and big business have colluded to monopolize the airwaves, stamping out competition, reducing variety, and silencing dissident voices. And yet, in the face of such pressure, an alternative radio tradition has tenaciously survived. From the unlicensed amateurs who invented broadcasting to the community radio movement of the 1960s and 1970s, from the early days of FM to today's micro radio movement, Walker lays bare the hidden history of broadcasting. Above all, Rebels on the Air is the story of the pirate broadcasters who shook up radio in the 1990s--and of the new sorts of radio we can expect in the future, as the microbroadcasters crossbreed with the even newer field of Internet broadcasting.
Autorenporträt
Jesse Walker is an associate editor of Reason magazine. His articles have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, L.A. Weekly, Salon, The New Republic, Inside.com, the All-Music Guide, Radio World, and Z. He lives in Los Angeles.