'The whole nation is listening to you': the presentation of the self on a tabloid talk radio show

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Title: 'The whole nation is listening to you': the presentation of the self on a tabloid talk radio show
Authors: O'Sullivan, Sara
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4293
Date: Sep-2005
Abstract: This article focuses on callers' experiences of participating on a tabloid talk radio show. The performative dimension of calling was found to be central. This is an aspect of participation on talk radio shows that has been largely neglected by previous studies. Callers have concerns about how they manage their self-presentation on-air. They are aware of both the host and the listening audience, and try to control the impression they 'give off'. Callers to The Gerry Ryan Show are central players who, together with the host and the production team, contribute to the staging of debate in this on-air forum. Concerns about performance were found to be secondary for those who rang the show with a problem. These callers tended to prioritise instrumental goals such as problem-solving or support-seeking.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Copyright (published version): 2005, Sage
Keywords: Callers;Goffman;Impression management;Production
DOI: 10.1177/0163443705055732
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Sociology Research Collection

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