A radio wave appears to be fleeting. It cannot be seen or touched, apparently ungrounded, an ethereal presence detached from the earth. Yet radio in its smallest forms can be deeply connected to the land. The particular geography of microradio can be a powerful tool for fighting for the right to be in a certain place: the right to stay put over time, to create culture, to dwell. Here, I examine the case of one contemporary microradio station in its struggles against neighborhood displacement, and consider the possibilities for the future.
Huron, Amanda. 2013. “Claiming Space in the Air and on the Block: The Geography of Microradio and Struggles against Displacement.” In James Craine and Giorgio Curti, eds., The Fight to Stay Put: Social Lessons through Media Imaginings of Gentrification, Displacement and Resistance. Mainz, Germany: Media Geography at Mainz, 115-132.