Listening with mother: the cultivation of children's radio

Lacey, Kate (2016) Listening with mother: the cultivation of children's radio. In: Wesseling, Elisabeth (ed.) The child savage, 1890-2010: from comics to games. Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present . Ashgate, Aldershot, Hamps, pp. 151-170. ISBN 9781409455981

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With these evocative words emerging from the sleepy strains of a classical lullaby, each daily broadcast of the BBC radio children’s program Listen with Mother (1950-82) encouraged its pre-school audiences to settle down quietly and lend their ears to the mix of story and song about to emanate from the loudspeaker as their mothers listened alongside. The very phrase “Listen with Mother” conjures up an image of the archetypal domestic radio audience of the type that were endlessly reproduced in the promotional and critical material during radio’s “golden age,” while effortlessly seeming to connect this modern mode of media consumption with more traditional forms of storytelling-and listening.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Listening, Children's Media, Radio, Broadcasting History, Medium Theory
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Media and Film
Subjects: D History > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA129 By period > DA300 Modern, 1485- > DA566 20th century
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and communications > HE7601 Telecommunication industry. Telegraph > HE8689 Radio and television broadcasting
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767.8 Children. Child development Including child rearing, child life, play, socialisation, children's rights
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
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Depositing User: Kate Lacey
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 08:15
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 11:05

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