Radio, future prospect and production in inter-media space

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Dr. Mohammad Akhgari, Chairman of the committee and scientific secretary of the 6th International Radio Forum

 

Radio is experiencing a new era at a time of modern media. Modern communication technologies have opened new horizons and brought about new opportunities for radio. The internet and digital services have transformed the radio landscape. Being interactive as the most important feature of digital media has brought about numerous opportunities for the linear medium of radio. A radio listener today irrespective of radio frequency limitations can listen to his/her favorite program at any time and place due to the internet and digital technology. A radio listener of the past has turned into an active user who is no longer dependent on a timeline and the linear broadcast timetable for radio programs. He is the one who can make choices and can even produce programs and publish them on the web. The contents produced by users are disseminated via the internet and smart tools such as cellphones in the form of podcast. Perhaps a decade ago very few people could imagine podcast to be described as the podcast industry in the world today so much so that many attractive audio products such as music and audio books would simply become available to all people as podcasts on webcast portals such as podomatic.


Radio has experienced other innovations in the inter-media space and on the web. This new experience was the outcome of a bond between the audio medium and social media an example of which is the sound-based social network known as SoundCloud. The mobile communication technology and its combination with the internet in smartphones brought about new possibilities for radio as a portable audio medium enabling the users to simply gain access to information, entertainment and their needed services via mobile application. Moreover, location-based services by radios have been realized. Therefore, in addition to its mobile nature, radio was enabled to provide the listener with location-based services. Such services are also provided by hybrid radio, connected car and digital radio.


Data driven audio is one of the latest developments in the world of audio media that has been considered by scientific circles and forums. Of course, data driven modern tools such as smart radio, nomadic radio and smart speaker have been developed based on this innovation and it is predicted that these tools become major tools for listening to audio content in upcoming years. This is indicative of the fact that radio is still experiencing new arenas in the inter-media space. Even though the era of networks has put on display various manifestations of technology it has not reduced the importance of radio and listening. Furthermore, as mentioned by Mowlana Balkhi, listening will empower a person’s intellect and radio will move forward by benefitting from the opportunities of the era of networks.


It goes without saying that in addition to the diversification of radio broadcast, transmission and reception due to the above-mentioned developments, new concepts have emerged in the field of radio production. On this basis, production of content for radio today requires more delicacy and precision compared to the past. In order for the audio content to attract audiences, in addition to the dissemination and reproduction of contents in proportionate with different platforms, the content must enjoy an attractive narration so as to encourage the users to listen and republish it. It requires digital story-telling to be published in the inter-media space. In the meantime, the audio medium known as radio which dealt with the human hearing sense in the past is now able to benefit from human sight as well due to the existence of digital media. Meanwhile, the concept of visual radio has found its way into applied and theoretical subjects dealing with radio. The digital radio screen can be seen for the reception of metadata and the same is true about visual social media such as YouTube and Instagram as well as smart phone applications in order to receive additional information alongside audio medium for attracting users and directing them to choose their favorite content. For this reason, generation of content in the inter-media space in addition to the knowledge related to audio content production is in need of visual and multimedia knowledge as well.


Bearing in mind the new developments in the field of radio and growing interest shown by the audience in audio contents disseminated by modern media, the policy-making council of the 6th International Radio Forum has designated futuristic studies and production in the intermedia space as the main theme of the forum and the call for papers were made on the basis of the following topics:

Major topics:


1- Radio in the era of networks
• Radio in the internet
• Podcast industry
• Radio and social media
• Radio and multimedia
• Radio and smartphone
• Radio and location-based services

2- Radio and futuristic studies
• Production of audio content based on new technologies (hybrid radio, digital radio, etc.)
• Distributing and sharing audio contents
• Radio and data driven audio
• Radio and smart speaker
• Radio and user generated content


3- Radio and innovation in production of programs
• Radio domain: Radio for special occasions, community radio, university radio, school radio, etc.
• Radio formats (documentary, drama, feature, etc.)
• Radio and music
• Radio and production of religious programs
• Radio and interactive production of programs
• Audio book
• Radio and entertainment (sports, contests, comedy)
• Radio and dissemination of information (citizen-journalist, dissemination of information at local, city and provincial levels)


4- Radio and culture
• Radio, national identity and cultural integrity
• Radio, national and local languages
• Radio and the arts
• Radio and training
• Radio and the culture of resistance
• Radio and public culture
• Radio and tourism


5- Radio and society
• Radio and family
• Radio and lifestyle
• Radio and health
• Radio and environment
• Radio, creating hope and social exuberance


6- Radio and economy
• Radio and entrepreneurship
• Radio and rectifying the consumption model
• Radio and the resistance economy
• Radio, science-based and people-oriented economy

 

The call for papers was widely welcomed by researchers and scholars despite several years of gap and the fact that only four months were left till the holding of the forum and so many papers were sent to the secretariat and 162 abstracts were selected by the secretariat.


This book contains abstract of papers prepared for the 6th International Radio Forum that have been adjusted based on the topics and the authors’ surnames.


In addition to the papers received by the secretariat, efforts were made to compile the research literature in the field of radio acquired at IRIB in the past years and published them digitally on the forum’s website and in an electronic form under the title of radio research asset. The secretariat has also published a book containing abstract of dissertations related to IRIB University radio department and several other academic books in collaboration with the publication and research department of IRIB University.


In conclusion, I wish to extend my gratitude to IRIB Vice-President for Radio, Dr. Shahabadi for his guidelines.
I also wish to thank the officials at IRIB department for international affairs, IRIB University, secretariat of the 6th International Radio Forum and managers at IRIB radio department for their efforts in organizing the 6th International Radio Forum.


It is hoped that the 6th International Radio Forum would provide researchers, scholars and radio producers with the opportunity to share views, experiences and research in the field of radio.

About Us

The International Radio Forum is an opportunity for interchanging views and thoughts among Radio operators and authorities from different countries. It is an opportunity which can lead to the growth and prosperity of the views and thoughts in the unique field of Radio. The Radio of the Islamic Republic of Iran has held five rounds of the International Radio Forum, with the following objectives and missions:

Vision

  1. Maintaining and improving the position of Radio in the media sector
  2. Creating a consistent community of scholars for Radio's future development
  3. Raising the role of the Radio in the age of the Globalization
  4. Strengthening the Radio's scientific basis

Mission

  1. Identifying the potential capabilities of the Radio as a media
  2. Establishing the interaction among Radio scholars and other researchers
  3. Interchanging thoughts and scientific notions among the contributors
  4. Congratulating new plans and ideas in the field of the Radio
  5. Create the necessary motivation for the agents in the field of Radio programming
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