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Photos by Jane Bruce You can get a sunburn in Copenhagen. I knew this, I think, before I went. But knowing is not the same as believing, and I didn’t yet believe that I could get a sunburn so close to the Arctic Circle when it wasn’t even fully summer, but burn I did; the straps of my jumpsuit leaving a very white X in the middle of my very pink back. The X is...
Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU Directed by Tim K. Smith Opens March 30 at IFC Center Rarer than a white antelope, the Jersey City-based radio station WFMU “shouldn’t exist,” as more than a couple of the heads in this spirited documentary note. That’s because as a fully listener-supported entity without any corporate or government funding, it’s an aberration in a terrestrial radio airscape dominated by ads, conglomerate-dictated programming that turns the songs themselves into commercials,...
After years with few options aside from major label butt-rock and yawn-worthy Top 40 flooding the FM airwaves, radio has entered something of a renaissance, and the medium is finally seeing the establishment of a well-represented avant-garde. While this trend is a national one, with many of the most celebrated indie radio stations based far from New York, Brooklyn has now joined the list of places where you don’t need to rely on the...
Who doesn't love radio? While other media have struggled to keep up with (and remain profitable amidst) seismic technological changes, radio (in the form of podcasts) has actually gotten better. The media theorist Marshall McLuhan said that the content of any new media is always the format of the medium that came before it—early films looked like theatre, early television took after film. The "golden age of television" is happening, in large part, because television creators...

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