Journal of Radio and Audio Media calls for proposals

For you academic types – a call for proposals from the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (JRAM).

This from the editorial assistant and reviews editor: 
We just released several calls for proposals for peer-reviewed articles on a variety of themes, and we are also accepting proposals for related book, radio, and podcast reviews; graduate research abstracts, and commentary. Details are below. Please consider submitting and share widely with anyone that might find this of interest. 

JRAM Call For Submissions, 7-22-14 

The Journal of Radio & Audio Media has CFPs for upcoming issues and accepts suggestions for symposium ideas by guest editors. For instance, we would be interested in focused discussion(s) regarding issues involving community radio. Other interests include, but are not exclusive to, the state of Black radio; racial, ethnic and gender considerations are equally relevant. Please contact JRAM Editor Phylis Johnson ( with your ideas and proposals. 
Completed papers should be submitted by authors through JRAM's Manuscript Central (and blind reviewed) unless otherwise stated (i.e., as in the case of being invited by a symposium editor or the JRAM editor). It is advisable to consider how race, gender and ethnicity are relevant to the themes below, as well as to all submissions, to ensure a balanced discussion of issues, whenever possible. International authors/and those with international perspectives are encouraged to submit. Refer to JRAM for manuscript style and submission specifications. CFPs run concurrently; more than one theme/symposium might be featured simultaneously within an issue, or might provoke a series, depending upon the response and the number and quality of submissions. All methodologies will be considered.

Call for scholarly papers on the following themes. 
Mobile Radio/Audio & New Technologies – Papers on the theme Mobile Radio and Audio. Topics might include: "cell phone apps," "Internet podcasts/downloadables," "new mobile forms of listening and research," "cross promotion programming," and "new/future technologies on the horizon," and "unique audio programming." 
Deadline: Proposals/statements of interest due August 15, 2014. Completed papers due November 1, 2014. 
The Beat Goes O n – Papers on music radio (this can be loosely interpreted) with a focus on changes, challenges, innovations, and competing services – commercial and non-commercial (i.e., satellite, Internet, community, college). Suggested topics: "memory and nostalgia of radio in popular culture" (i.e., portrayal of radio in movies), "evolution of music formats," "changes in music listening," "role of personality and curation in listening," "strange trends in listening," "odd formats," "localism and listening," "the disc jockey, the celebrity and fandom," "Casey Kasem then and syndication today," "jingles & commercials and culture," and other radio icons and ideas, as well as reflective essays on what we can learn from radio's past as it impacts new ways, trends, and technologies. Thinking out of the box is welcome, like what about the use of radio/music in games such as Grand Theft Auto and Fallout's Galaxy News Radio (GNR)? 
Deadline: Proposals/statements of interest due August 30, 2014. Review of papers will begin immediately, and continue through December 15, 2014. If there is significant interest, this might be an on-going series. Completed papers must be submitted through JRAM's Manuscript Central (and blind reviewed) unless invited by a symposium editor or the JRAM editor. 
Radio and Audio Art – Papers on issues and themes relevant to "radio and audio art" (i.e., Luigi Russolo and noise art, sonic performance, audio theater, soundscape, sound mapping, soundwalks, radio stations as soundmarks, sonic installation, car sound, sound sculpture, sonic DIY/creative audio applications, acoustic ecology, innovative ways of broadcasting/listening, programming/audiences, electronic art formats, cinematic audio, spoken word, sonification (sound data), historical and future considerations; international perspectives/authors encouraged). 
Proposals due October 15, 2014. Completed papers due March 1, 2015. (On-going theme of interest)

Rising Star – Accepting proposals and papers on issues and themes (as well as essays and research on innovators/theorists/practitioners) relevant to the future of radio and audio media. 
Deadline: continual.

Sports Radio, in all its audio forms: This theme focuses on the state of sports radio (traditional or online), asking questions recently posed through research/discussions presented at radio conferences (i.e., RAB) and seminars, with some specifically looking at future sports listening in a connected world. Consider recent studies such as Edison's "Infinite Dial 2014: Sports Radio" and discussions at Radio Ink's The Sports Radio Conference earlier this year. Or what about WGN's Jimmy deCastro's launch of "The Game" 87.7 FM Chicago (details, Other significant frames of reference might be women's sports talk radio shows, and perhaps thoughts toward the broadcast of the women's 2014 World Cup. Discussions regarding the coverage of sports radio (online, podcasts, etc.) by stations across the world are welcome. Seeking a symposium editor, and suggestions for contributors as well. 
Proposals/statements of interest are encouraged to be sent to the editor by September 30, 2014. Completed papers accepted immediately for review. The review process will remain open, however, with preference toward papers submitted prior to January 15, 2015. That does not exclude on-going paper submissions on this theme. Papers should be submitted through JRAM's Manuscript Central, unless otherwise invited to do differently. 

Reviews Section: Please submit your book, long-form audio documentary and podcast reviews to Review Editor Honna Veerkamp, Reviews should be limited to 800 to 1,000 words. Links should be provided to audio works.

Research Abstracts: JRAM is also launching an abstract section on new radio/audio research and sound art/practice from graduate students (and those recently graduated; post doctorates). Please submit an abstract of your work (theses, dissertations, research in progress) for consideration, or nominate/recommend that of an upcoming scholar/sound artist. Please email to

Commentary Section: JRAM invites your commentary and reflections on issues related to radio and audio. Creative formats of expression are invited. Please email to

Journal of Radio & Audio Media is published (print & online) twice a year (May & November) by Taylor & Francis in partnership with the Broadcast Education Association.

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