I am writing a book on New Jersey independent listener-supported freeform radio station WFMU and the rise of online music. I post my writing and archival finds here.
June 30. “From ‘Save WFMU’ to ‘WWOZ in Exile’: Mutual Aid in U.S. Independent Music Radio,” XXII Biennial IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) International Conference, Minneapolis, MN. June 26–30, 2023.
“Freeform Radio and the History of Music Streaming.” Preprint. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Radio Studies, edited by Michele Hilmes and Andrew Bottomley (New York: Oxford University Press, 2023). – about WFMU’s early experiments in “streaming” music via telephone, gopher, and the web in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“Provincializing Spotify: Radio, Algorithms and Conviviality,” Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 18, no. 1 (2020): 29-42. – about the Free Music Archive.
“The Past and Future of Music Listening: Between Freeform DJs and Recommendation Algorithms,” in Radio’s New Wave, ed. Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio (New York: Routledge, 2013), 62-76. – about WFMU’s relationship with music recommendation apps.
Check out this program and catalog for the WFMU Music/Art Convergence silent and live auctions and benefit performances at the Germans van Eck Gallery, May 26-30, 1992. It includes interviews with Cindy Sherman and Jim Jarmusch.
Joe Biden bails out venture capitalists but leaves independent media to fend for themselves. Keep WFMU on the air!