Radio is only to a limited extent a ‘blind medium’. Visual and material aspects have long played a role in the way the medium has acquired meaning. While print has become a common source for radio history, audiovisual material – such as is preserved on the EUscreen portal with extensive metadata and potential for context – offers potential not just for understanding the evolution of television, but rather the entire mass-media ensemble. This article explores the possibilities and problems of using EUscreen as a source for a comparative and transnational history of radio, looking in particular at the visual iconography and narrative structures of audiovisual material found on the portal.

radio history, broadcasting history, media historiography, domestication, media production and gendered labour, international broadcasting, audiovisual sources
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
VIEW Journal
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 7, No 13 (2018); 97-113

Badenoch, Alexander, & Hagedoorn, Berber. (2018). TV on the Radio/ Radio on Television: European Television Heritage as a Source for Understanding Radio History. VIEW Journal, 7(13), 97–113. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2018.jethc145