Teaching Digital Radio History & Digital Radio Broadcasting

History of Digital Radio mindmap

I have decided that I want to teach radio broadcasting. I will need to be able to teach sound engineering, microphone techniques, radio documentary and radio feature making and sound editing to my students.

This mind map is what I have decided I need to know in order to teach this. I need to know the history of radio broadcasting. I need to know how sound travels. (I need to know Physics for that.) I need to be able to draw diagrams explaining how sound frequencies work, how switches work, what microphones you should use etc.

I am the teacher but I must always remember what the student needs to learn, what skills the student needs to acquire in order to progress onwards into employment in radio.

The History of Digital Radio Broadcasting

For the Digital History module, I intend to create a design for a website on “The History of Digital Radio”.

This will include an explanation of what “Digital” means and how “radio broadcasting” has changed with the enhancement of digital tools. My area of speciality is online radio so there will be a section for the history and progress of online radio broadcasting across the world up until now.

I will give examples of success stories in online radio broadcasting and there will be a tutorial on how to set up your own online radio station.

This is work in progress: “The History of Digital Radio”

I made the following video with Adobe Voice on my iPad as an advertisement for my digital history website:

Crowdsourced History

Crowdsourcing is a very good way of getting the general public to help with the digitising of historical projects. The letters of 1916 project is well under way and knowing that I can contribute to projects like these is comforting. When we think about it, an awful lot has been written down before the computer ever existed. Collecting hand written information and digitising it with the use of crowdsourcing is a very clever idea and admirable, to say the least. It is also a good idea to get the general public involved. “Many hands make light work”.

If I was digitising a project it would be related to my area of interest, radio broadcasting. I am hoping to investigate radio listenerships worldwide since the introduction of the wireless and to see if I can come up with any new ideas as to how listening to the radio is changing due to the introduction of online radio. Ideallly I would like to get data from America, Europe and the rest of the world that I would compile to see how radio listenership has changed in the last century and to find out what radio is used for now.

Is the experience of radio changing or has it changed since the introduction of the internet? I believe it has but I need to prove this by compiling as much data as I can and for me this would be through analysing radio listenerships worldwide, if possible, over the past century.

If I had crowdsourced contribution for this project, it would make my life a whole lot easier. I hope to be able to employ techniques like crowdsourcing in my research and to collect data in order to compile the final results for my dissertation.