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Podcasting, Welcome to Night Vale, and the Revival of Radio Drama

Autor: Andrew J. Bottomley
Revista: Journal of Radio & Audio Media
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19376529.2015.1083370

This article takes the surrealist fictionalized talk radio-style podcast Welcome to Night Vale (2012–Present; WNV) as a case study of the revival of the mid-twentieth century radio drama form. With affordable digital production tools and the inexpensive distribution of podcasts over the internet, WNV is helping to foster a new wave of creative audio production. Yet, much of this newfound creativity is arriving through a remediation of older radio forms, techniques, and styles. Putting this “new media” in historical and cultural perspective, the author argues, emphasizes the many continuities present during moments of media change, troubling simplistic notions of media disruption.