Journal of Radio Studies

The Journal of Radio Studies (JRS) was established in 1992 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Originally the journal operated as an independent scholarly publication. In 1998, the journal was adopted by the Broadcast Education Association with the support of Norman J. Pattiz, founder and Chairman of Westwood One Companies.

Frank J. Chorba served as the JRS editor from the very beginning until the December 2004 issue. In 1999, Eleanor Bell, JRS’s copy editor, entered the journal into national competition. JRS was awarded first place as an outstanding academic journal by the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).

JRS, published by the Broadcast Education Association, is the only scholarly publication in the world dedicated exclusively to radio research. It is published on a semi-annual basis in June and December. The editors encourage interdisciplinary studies of contemporary and historical radio broadcasting. In addition, JRS publishes manuscripts representing various methodological points of view.


Scholars are invited to submit articles pertaining to any area of radio. Subjects include, but are not limited to, formats & programming, new technology, policy issues, rating systems, commercial and non-commercial networks, radio history, management and innovation, personalities, radio popular culture, interpersonal & rhetorical studies, propaganda, social movements, advertising/sales, market concentration, internet radio, alternative formats, diversity, gender issues, international radio, and others areas. See the JRS cumulative index for reference to past publications.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Submitted articles undergo a blind peer review. Manuscripts should be sent to the editor in four high-quality photocopies, and should conform to the stylistic guidelines of the APA. Manuscripts may also be sent electronically. Mailing address and brief biographical summaries of authors should be provided on a separate page. Another page should include an abstract of no more than 100 words. Manuscripts should not exceed 6,500 words (about 25 pages).

Articles appearing in JRS are evaluated according to their conceptualization, importance to radio studies and mass communication theory, contribution to the mass media literature, interest to JRS readers, soundness of research & methodological procedures, and the clarity of presentation.

Online Availability

At the moment, the journal does not post full-length feature articles or book reviews. However it does publish an extensive index of authors and titles in PDF format. The cumulative title index includes Volumes 1 to 7, while the review index covers Volumes 1 to 8.



Douglas Ferguson
JRS Editor
Department of Communication
College of Charleston
5 College Way
Charleston , SC 29401
Phone: 843-953-7854
Fax: 760 – 875-8102

Book Reviews

Michael Brown
Mass Media Department
University of Wyoming
P.O. Box 3904
Laramie , WY 82071