Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies
Director, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Deputy Head, Birmingham School of Media
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Birmingham School of Media
Faculty of Performance, Media & English
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Tim Wall leads the research-active academics and knowledge transfer staff within the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, as well a number of current research projects. He also co-ordinates the Interactive Cultures research group. He has published extensively on radio and popular music culture in international journals and books, and he applies his insights in undergraduate and postgraduate classes, and with doctoral research students. Tim is Editor of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, and until recently was chair of the Radio Studies Network, the lead organisation for international radio scholars. He has lead five major collaborative research projects, was formerly an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellow, and has worked with the BBC as well as a range of smaller radio and music businesses. His two textbooks have become widely used in the subject. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. He is currently leading a research project on social media citizen journalism in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and with Syrian activists, developing work on jazz in Britain, and initiating knowledge exchange projects with arts and creative industry companies.
Tim Wall researches into the production and consumption cultures around popular music and radio. He is particularly interested in the way that technology can be utilised for creative solutions to challenges in music and radio enterprises, and how the activities of these industries create important regional cultures. His work is often collaborative, with other members of the centre or in cross-university projects. Many of his studies are historical – including Duke Ellington’s late 1920s radio broadcasts, the birth of the transistor radio (with Dr Nick Webber), social dancing in the 1950s and 70s and the development of music radio – but he uses these insights as a means to understand contemporary technological and cultural change. So, his work also features studies of internet radio, and work with Andrew Dubber on online music sharing and the use of the internet for new forms of music practice. He believes passionately that research has to be useful outside the university and he has been involved in many knowledge exchange projects with companies, public bodies and community organizations. He undertakes ethnographic studies of community interactions on- and off-line, interpreted through discourse analysis, combined with political economic and historical analysis of media organisations and fan practice. Recent studies of the mediation of popular music studies have been prominent in his work with Dr Paul Long, and in recent years he has been developing an important theme with Dr Simon Barber around jazz practice. He has published nearly 30 articles, chapters and books, and contributed to a similar number of international conferences. He has been co-chair of three Radio Conferences in the US, UK and Canada, and this year was invited keynote speaker at the International Radio Conference, University of Basque Country, in Bilbao, Spain. He has been able to apply his work with companies, public bodies and community organizations as diverse as the BBC, record companies and music festivals, and his achievements have been recognized by Research Councils UK, who have featured his work with Dubber, Long and Coley in their reports on research and KT excellence.
‘Personal Listening Pleasures’ in Martin Conboy and John Steel (ed) The Routledge Companion to British Media History Routledge with Nick Webber
‘Anarcho-Punk webzines: transferring symbols of defiance from the print to the digital age?’ [with Matt Grimes] in Matthew Worley (ed) Punk, politics and resistance: Fight Back! Manchester University Press (forthcoming 2013).
‘I’ve Got Friday on My Mind: BBC Four, Public Service Television and Popular Music Heritage’ in Journal of Popular Music Studies special issue Sonic Visions: Popular Music On and After Television with Paul Long (forthcoming 2013).
‘I was there (and you weren’t): memorializing, mapping and mythologizing the live music experience’ in Karen Burland & Stephanie Pitts (eds) Coughing and Clapping: Investigating Audience Experience Ashgate/SEMPRE with Paul Long (forthcoming 2013).
‘Music, radio and the internet’ in Christina Baade et al Over the Waves: Music in Broadcasting (forthcoming 2013).
‘Jazz on BBC Radio 1922 to 1959’ in Louis Niebur et al Music Broadcasting and the BBC Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2013).
‘The X Factor’ in Peter Bennett and Julian McDougall (eds) Mythologies Today: Barthes Reimagined, Routledge (forthcoming 2013).
‘Tony Palmer’s All You Need Is Love: Television’s first pop history’ [with Paul Long] in Benjamin Halligan, Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, and Robert Edgar (eds) The Music Documentary, Taylor & Francis/Routledge (forthcoming 2013).
‘Mobilising specialist music fans online’ in Helen Thornham and Simon Popple (ed) Content Cultures: Transformations of User Generated Content in Public Service Broadcasting IBTaurus (forthcoming 2012).
‘Jazz on BBC radio 1930 to 1980’ in Louis Niebu et al Music Broadcasting and the BBC Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2012).
‘Music, radio and the internet’ in Christina Baade et al Over the Waves: Music in Broadcasting (forthcoming 2012).
‘Specialist music and the internet’ in Nacho Gallego Pérez and Trinidad García New Perspectives on Radio (forthcoming 2012).
Studying popular music culture (second edition) Sage (forthcoming 2012)
Media studies: texts, production and context (second edition) [ed with Paul Long] Pearson (forthcoming 2012)
‘Duke Ellington, radio remotes, and the mediation of big city nightlife, 1927 to 1933’ Jazz Perspectives (forthcoming 2011).
‘The transistor radio’ [with Nick Webber] in Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music and Sound Studies forthcoming 2011.
‘Constructing the histories of popular music: the Britannia series’ [with Paul Long] in Ian Inglis (ed) Popular Music on British Television Ashgate 2010
‘Jazz Britannia: mediating the story of British jazz on television’ [with Paul Long] Jazz Research Journal 3/2, 145-170 2010
‘Experimenting with fandom, live music, and the internet: applying insights from music fan culture to new media production’ [with Andrew Dubber] Journal of New Music Research, 39/2, 159-169, 2010
Media studies: texts, production and context [ed with Paul Long] Pearson 2009
‘Specialist music, public service and the BBC in the internet age’ [with Andrew Dubber] the Radio Journal 7/1, 27-47, 2009
‘Rocking Around the Clock: dance crazes of the 1950s and 1960s’, in Julie Malnig (ed) Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader 2008
‘Finding an alternative: music programming in US college radio’ in the Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 5/1, 35-54, 2007
‘David Murray: The making of a progressive jazz musician’ Jazz Research Journal 1/2, 173-203, 2007
Making money out of music: the development of regional music economies Digital Central, 2007
New broadcast technologies [editor] UNESCO 2006
‘Calling the tune: resolving the tension between profit and regulation in commercial radio’ Southern Review 39/2, 77-95, 2006
‘Out on the floor: the politics of dancing on the Northern Soul scene’ Popular Music 25/3, 431-445, 2006
Online music enterprise: new technologies of music distribution and consumption LSC 2006
‘The Specialist Radio Degree at UCE’ [with Peter Windows], The Radio Journal, 2/2, 101-122. 2005
‘The political economy of internet music radio’ The Radio Journal 2/1, 27-44, 2004
Studying popular music culture, Arnold, 2003
‘Commercial radio and the construction of audiences’ Electronic Working Papers in Radio 2002
‘Policy, pop, and the public: The discourse of regulation in British commercial radio’ Journal of Radio Studies, 7/1 May 2000
‘Popular music heritage television’ IASPM Salford University forthcoming 2012
‘Stomping Ground: How Northern Soul Built a Dance Community’ keynote address, Northern Soul: Community, Memory and Place Manchester Metropolitan University, June 2012
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll: cars, convergence and culture’ [with Nick Webber] Popular Music and Automobile Culture, University of Chester, June 2012
‘Live Jazz in Birmingham’ [with Simon Barber] Interesting Times for Local Live Music Live Music Exchange, Leeds College of Music, May 2012
‘How could (and should we) we study music consumption?’ [with Nick Webber] Music, Methods and the Social Open University / Curve Theatre, Leicester, May 2012
‘Welcome to the third age of radio: understanding radio’s present from radio’s past’ EL I Congreso Internacional “The Radio is Dead. Long live the Radio! University of Basque Country, in Bilbao, Spain November 2011
‘Locating British Jazz Under Milk Wood’ Rhythm Changes: Jazz and National Identities Conference, Amsterdam, September 2011
‘Contemporary live jazz scenes in the UK regions’ The Business of Live Music Conference Edinburgh, June 2011
‘Using social media in music promotion’ Jazz World Meeting Amsterdam December 2010
‘Northern Soul: there’s nothing northern about it (and while we’re at it, it isn’t soul and the dancers aren’t break dancers)’ Rare Records and Raucous Nights conference November 2010
‘Discursive repertoires of blackness and transatlantic exchange: three moments in the making of British Jazz’ Jazz and Race, Past and Present Conference, OU Milton Keynes UK November 2010
‘Public Service broadcasting, archives, and cultural television’ On, Archives! Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA July 2010
‘Radio remotes and the nightlife of the big city’ Broadcasting in the 1930s; radio, television and the Depression University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA July 2010
‘Creating British jazz archives: experimenting with online media’ [with Simon Barber] MeCCSA Conference LSE, January 2010
‘Jazz and new media’ Mediating Jazz Conference Salford University, November 2009
‘Ken Burns’ ‘Jazz’: popular intellectuals and the vox populi’ Leeds International Jazz Conference March 2009
‘Mediating popular music heritage: British television’s narratives of popular music’s past’ [with Paul Long] IASPM 2009
‘Specialist music, public service broadcasting and the challenge of new social media’ The Radio Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, July 2009
‘Jazz Britannia: mediating the story of British jazz’s past on television’ [with Paul Long] Salford New Jazz Histories Seminar November 2008
‘BBC jazz radio listeners online’ Leeds International Jazz Conference March 2008
‘BBC specialist music radio listeners online’ MeCCSA January 2008
‘Music programming on college radio in the USA’ The Radio Conference, July 2007
‘Studying popular music culture’ inaugural professorial lecture UCE April 2007
‘David Murray: inside and outside jazz’ Leeds International Jazz Conference March 2007
‘College radio in the USA’ MeCCSA Conference January 2007
‘Consuming online music’, MeCCSA Conference, Leeds, 13-15 January 2006.
‘Jazz on UK radio: a historiography’, Leeds International Jazz Conference, Leeds, March 2006
‘Ofcom’s radio consultation and the future of over-the-air radio in the UK’ Radio Studies Conference, UCE in Birmingham March 2005
‘National regulation in an age of global radio’ Public and Alternative Broadcasting Conference, Seville February 2005
‘The internet and changes in the structure of the international radio industry’ Radio Studies Network Conference, January 2004, University of Luton.
‘The political economy of internet radio’ the Radio Conference, Madison-Wisconsin July 2003
‘Rethinking audience research through the Radio Research Project’ MeCCSA Conference, Sheffield University, January 2000