Dr. Andrew Bottomley, assistant professor of Media Studies in the SUNY Oneonta Department of Communication & Media, has just published the book Sound Streams: A Cultural History of Radio-Internet Convergence. A study of the emergence of internet radio, podcasting, and streaming audio in the United States during the 1990s and 2000s, Bottomley’s book historicizes the convergence of the “old” media of radio with the “new” media of the internet. He uses extensive archival research, textual and ideological analysis, and ethnographic methods to map how radio on the internet opened up the medium to new producers and new audiences, as well as enabled more creative and more socially progressive forms of audio storytelling. Sound Streams is the first book-length study of podcasting’s history and culture, as well as the first in-depth study of the role of audio in the history of computing.
Sound Streams was published by University of Michigan Press on June 1, 2020, in paperback, hardcover, and electronic book formats.