“The Idea of People Listening Makes Me Happy”: Building Community Through Experimentation at WXDU Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Vos, Jaycie
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies
  • WXDU, the college and community radio station at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is built on an ethos of experimentation that creates community and a sense of belonging among its DJs. Rooted in the disciplines of folklore, oral history, music, and radio studies, this thesis explores the ways in which DJs build community through the acts of discovering new music, curating radio shows, sharing music on air, and making connections with others on campus and in the community. Each of these acts is an exploration and affirmation of WXDU’s values of experimentation, learning, nonconformity, and access to alternative music. This thesis considers the impact on individuals who participate in a community that encourages and prioritizes experimentation and alternative ideas, particularly for those who identify as outside of the norm.
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  • Berlinger, Gabrielle
  • Ferris, William
  • Hinson, Glenn
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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