This project explores KFAI – a non-profit, mostly volunteer based community
radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota – as a site of negotiation between assimilation
and different types of multiculturalism. While KFAI’s mission of increasing
understanding among peoples and communities by providing a voice to people ignored or
misrepresented in the mainstream media corresponds to several theoretical
conceptualizations of multiculturalism, various constraints of reality constantly push the
station towards utilizing approaches that assimilate the difference. Based on a series of
in-depth interviews with station’s paid staff and volunteers, author’s observations and the
analysis of the listener survey report, the project reveals and discusses the major tensions
between KFAI’s mission and everyday reality in areas of station’s programming,
audience and internal relations among the staff and volunteers. Having determined the
key areas of tension in station’s practices, the project also outlines the directions for
University of Minnesota Master of Arts thesis. December 2010. Major: Mass Communication. Advisor: Catherine R. Squires. 1 computer file (PDF); iii, 94 pages.
“We Struggle With Being ‘All Things To Everybody’”: Negotiating Multiculturalism at KFAI..
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