Music in Range
The Culture of Canadian Campus Radio
Paper 230 pp.
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Music in Range explores the history of Canadian campus radio,
highlighting the factors that have shaped its close relationship with
local music and culture. The book traces how campus radio practitioners
have expanded stations from campus borders to sur-rounding musical
and cultural communities by acquiring FM licenses and establishing
The culture of a campus station extends beyond its studio and into the wider community where it is connected to the local music scene within its broadcast range. The book examines campus stations and local music in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Sackville, NB, and highlights the ways that campus stations—through music-based programming, their operational practices, and the culture under which they operate—produce alternative methods and values for circulating local and independent Canadian artists at a time when ubiquitous commercial media outlets do exactly the opposite.
Music in Range sheds light on a radio sector that is an integral component of Canada’s musical and cultural fabric and positions campus radio as a worthy site of attention at a time when connectivity and sharing between musicians, music fans, and cultural intermediaries are increasingly shaping our experience of music, radio, and sound.
Brian Fauteux is Assistant Professor of Popular Music and Media Studies at the University of Alberta. He has recently published on radio, music, and sound in Popular Music and Society, IASPM@Journal, and Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. He is a co-founder of the Cultural Capital project.