This paper aims to show how radio can be envisioned as a witness and agent of the transformations that operated during the forty-year Franco dictatorship in Spain. It analyses a number of radio scripts from the private station Radio Madrid to examine how the radio worked as a means to both affect and be affected by the sociopolitical events of the country. Its focus is on the discourse of  programmes aimed at female audiences that exploited and re-educated housewives over the airwaves according to the regime’s interests. These programmes therefore served as a catalyst for state policies and the construction of the nationalist Project and also show the contradictions in the new femininity models manifested during the second Franco regime.

Media History, radio, Franco´s dictatorship, female broadcasts, nationalism, gender history
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
dx.doi.org/10.18146/tmg.598
Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
TMG Journal for Media History; Vol 22, No 2 (2019): Developing Radio Histories; 61-72

Blanco Fajardo, Sergio. (2019). Broadcasting the ‘Spanish Woman’. Nationalism and Female Radio Programmes During the Franco Regime. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 22(2), 61–72. doi:10.18146/tmg.598