How relationships between radio presenters and listeners might promote well-being

Krause, Amanda E., and Fletcher, Heather (2022) How relationships between radio presenters and listeners might promote well-being. In: [Presented at the 55th Australian Association of Gerontology Conference]. From: 55th Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, 22-25 November 2022, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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This AAG-supported program of mixed-methods research investigated how radio presenters might facilitate listeners’ sense of well-being. According to Order (2017, p. 244), community radio broadcasting is “perfectly placed to tackle the far-reaching social issue of loneliness”. This is important to note in consideration of older adult well-being. Thus, it is worthwhile examining radio presenters in particular to determine if and how perceived social connections are established in their presentations. Analyses drawing on semi-structured interviews with 16 radio personnel in Melbourne indicate that there are two main themes concerning presenter attributes that are associated with developing relationships with listeners: communication skills (e.g., vocal quality, conversational, good listening) and interpersonal characteristics (e.g., personality, confidence, instinct). Further, radio presenters state that their perceptions of their listeners’ interests and needs influence their on-air behaviours. Their role in presenting effective radio is facilitative, and part of a finely tuned relationship involving their listeners and the content delivered. Overall, presenters indicate that they care about their listenership and seek to communicate in ways that promote listener engagement and well-being. Broader implications regarding radio listening for well-being in aged-care settings and healthy ageing policies will be discussed.

Item ID: 76842
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: ageing, aging, older adults, well-being, health, radio, broadcasting, psychosocial, listening, everyday, music psychology, psychology of music
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Funders: Australian Association of Gerontology
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2022 01:19
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 70%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 60%
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200502 Health related to ageing @ 40%
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