Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Dina A. Ibrahim
In a media era dominated by the alluring speed of immediate breaking news coverage on cable television and the Internet, the relevance of radio reporting is often marginalized. However, radio can be the fastest, most accessible way to hear breaking news. Without the luxuries of visuals and text, radio reporters must work harder and more creatively to take us to the scenes of stories with their vivid descriptions and use of sound. While the numbers of radio reporters are dwindling and news budgets at radio stations continue to shrink, radio reporting remains not just a relevant, but also a vital facet of the journalism landscape. Radio reporting dates to the very beginnings of the medium. One of the first people to read news over the radio was Westinghouse Electric engineer Frank Conrad. He first read newspaper stories over the air in 1919. Westinghouse executive Harry Davis reported election-night results of ...