Radio’s reconnection with youth in the 2000s

RMIT Researcher Christopher Wilson is conducting research on the development of electronic dance music radio in Australia during the 1990s and early 2000s, with a focus on how temporary community broadcasting licences have helped expand that music scene.

Wilson has had a passion for ground breaking music for some time, previously researching dance station Fresh Adelaide and Electronic Music station Wild FM.

Community broadcasting seems to have played an important role in bringing dance music to Australian radio, but its contribution has not been well documented. Wilson has secured a small amount of seed funding to do some research on the topic.

Wilson’s research will examine the impact that the emergence of community dance music stations had on programming across the broadcasting landscape and on electronic dance music as a local cultural activity more generally, such as engagement with events, retailing and music production. It also seeks to identify how the release of spectrum for temporary community broadcasting under the 1992 Broadcasting Services Act created conditions for experimentation that generated innovation within and beyond broadcasting.

Details of the research project are at this link.

If you had a role in the Trance-Formation of electronic dance music radio by being involved in the operations of an EDM station operating on a temporary licence in the 1990s or early 2000s and would like to contribute to the resaerch, contact [email protected]

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