The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio



Publication Details

McHugh, S. A. "The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio." The Oral History Reader. Ed.R. Perks & A. Thomson. Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2016, 490-507.


This article offers insights into the historical symbiosis between oral history and radio and the relationship between orality, aurality, and affect that makes radio such a powerful medium for the spoken word. It does so through a discussion of the concept of affect as it applies to oral history on radio and through a description and analysis of crafting oral history for the radio documentary form. The article features audio excerpts from two radio series produced by the author, which can be heard via URLs supplied in-text.

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