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date: 21 January 2021

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This chapter examines the role of the transistor radio in the development of mobile music. It suggests that understanding of the introduction of the transistor radio as a transformative technology may provide insights into the way that radio created a mobile music and explains that the transistor radio was a key item of technology for cultural agents to exploit and not an agent of change in itself. It also discusses how cultural mobility and the interaction of technological, cultural, and economic factors remade “radio” and created new senses of radio space, radio time and the radio listener.

Keywords: transistor radio, mobile music, transformative technology, cultural mobility, radio space, radio time, radio listener

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