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What Is Radio? Conference Arrives in Portland

April 25–27 will host panels, speakers, keynote by Charles Jaco

Starting on Thursday, in Portland, Ore., radio professionals, media scholars and students will tackle a question that should be already at the tip of Radio World readers’ tongues, at the What is Radio? conference, April 25–27.

Held in conjunction with the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Johnson Lecture Series, the event will feature keynote speakers, roundtables, paper presentations and other events, in an attempt to answer questions about the changing nature of radio.

The 2013 Johnson Lecture will be delivered by renowned, two-time Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist, author, columnist and radio host Charles Jaco, who has worked with NBC, CNN, CBS and Fox, covering wars, riots, earthquakes, floods and hurricanes — and has also covered the no less turbulent world of politics, reporting on Congress, the White House and the Pentagon. His lecture is titled, “Voice, Sound and Story: The Role of the Radio Storyteller.”

Diverse panels scheduled throughout the week, often intriguingly named, include: “Radio in India: The Meteoric Medium,” “Economic and Regulatory Issues: Don’t Tell Me What To Do — I Just Want to Make Money,” and “The Report of My Death Was An Exaggeration (and Mark Twain Never Even Worked in Radio).”

The full program schedule can be found here.