Who are, au féminin, the legends who shaped radio in Canada? What did they contribute locally, regionally, and nationally? How was their experience in radio broadcasting different from that of their male counterparts?
Women in Radio presents the women who built careers in the radio industry—yet whose contribution has often been overlooked simply because they were women. This collection of stories highlights the multi-faceted contributions they made to their field and explores issues specific to them.
Academic research, interviews, personal reflections and accounts, historical reviews, and hybrid texts combine neatly in this eclectic yet well–researched edited volume to reflect the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. Whether through storytelling, direct quotes, or quasi transcriptions best read aloud, the reader will come away with a real sense of the aural nature of radio, of the voice unaccompanied, of the pure spoken word and how it differs from the printed word.
Published in English.
About the authors
Geneviève A. Bonin-Labelle has been involved in various facets of community, commercial, and public radio since her high school debut as a DJ. Today, her passion continues through her teaching, research, and occasional guest appearances on local radio shows where she shares the results of her latest projects, her views on media policy, and her knowledge of the world of communications.
Barbara M. Freeman is a media historian and former newswoman who has spent her teaching career at Carleton University, Ottawa. She is the author of [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/freeman.shtml The Satellite Sex: The Media and Women’s Issues in English Canada, 1966–1971 (WLU Press, 2001)] and Kit’s Kingdom—The Journalism of Kathleen Blake Coleman (1989).
Linda Kay (1951-2018) was professor emerita and chair of the journalism department at Concordia University.
Anna Leventhal won second prize in the 2nd annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest for “Scarlets and Cubans.” She lives in Montreal, where she is active in arts and culture, having worked on the local Bookmobile project and co-founded the Bibliograph/e Zine Library, among other things. Leventhal has also performed experimental collaborative theatre pieces in New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal. She served as editor of The Art of Trespassing, published September 2008 by Invisible Publishing.
Gregory Taylor is assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary and author of Shut Off: The Canadian Digital Television Transition.
Excerpt: Women in Radio: Unfiltered Voices from Canada (edited by Geneviève A. Bonin-Labelle; contributions by Helen Aitkin, Constance Dilley, Barbara M. Freeman, Chantal Dumas, Helen Hambly, Linda Kay, Anna Leventhal, Christine Maki, Andra McCartney, Catherine McInnis, Tanis Mcknight-Howe, Lise Millette, Ross E. Perigoe, Gertrude J. Robinson, Patti Schmidt, Anita Marie Slominska, Gregory Taylor, Sophie Toupin, Marian van der Zon & Angela Wilson)
“Behind each text is a story, a unique expression of a person or group’s contribution to the radio industry over time. Taken together, these articles offer an historical journey into some of radio’s best-kept secrets. (…) This book will inspire others to tell the stories of the Canadian female radio legends we have forgotten and those who still work in the shadows for our listening pleasure.”