The fifth radio research section conference organized by the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) was entitled “Radio Relations” and was held in Lublin/Poland, September 12-14, 2017. As usual at the Radio Research Sections Conferences there were some papers presented devoted to community sector and members of CMFE were present in several sessions.
Graciela Martínez Matías (Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México) characterized the functioning of Jenpoj Radio in Mexico. Fábio Ribeiro (University of Minho) decided to investigate the
directions in which the research on the third radio sector is going. He analyzed the papers at subsequent media conferences (IAMCR, ECREA, ICA) as well as articles published in two of the most popular radio journals (“Journal of Radio & Audio Media”, “Radio Journal: International Studies in
Broadcast & Audio Media” ). Lawrie Hallett (University of Bedfordshire, CMFE), presented the results of a very interesting radio experiment currently being conducted in the United Kingdom, involving the usage of digital multiplexes by local broadcasters, including the community radio.
The results of this experiment help to look more optimistic at the issue of digitization in the context of small community and local broadcasters. Urszula Doliwa (University of Warmia and Mazury, CMFE) discussed the activities of the pirate stations, which were created in the early 1990s in Poland. She tried to prove that many of them were not typically commercial but rather community oriented. During the conference there was also a special issue of the Radio Journal (2/2017) on community radio promoted, which was edited by Urszula Doliwa and Judith Purkarthofer (MultiLing Center
for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo, CMFE).
Another opportunity to exchange views among radio researchers will be the ECREA conference in Lugano (Switzerland) at the turn of October and November 2018. There is also a meeting of Radio Research section of ECREA planned in two years in Siena (Italy).