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tw-new-photo.JPGWallofsound is my music and music industry blog. I’m Tim Wall (you should understand the pun now). I tend to post things I’m working on, or things I think people will find intersting.

I’m Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies in the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University in the UK [formely UCE Birmingham]. I research into all aspects of popular music and music radio with my colleagues. I’ve been director of the Online Music Enterprise project, and am currently Chair of the Radio Studies Network and Editor of the Radio Journal.

If you found any of the posts in this blog of use you may be interested to read my book Studying Popular Music Culture. Much of the material here made it into publications or conference papers, many of which you’ll find links to on other pages.


Doctoral thesis:

Constructing popular music radio: music and cultural identity in radio station discourse July 1999 PhD thesis, Birmingham University


Studying popular music culture 2003 Arnold
New broadcast technologies UNESCO [editor] forthcoming 2007

Journal articles:

‘Policy, pop, and the public: The discourse of regulation in British commercial radio’ 2000 in Journal of Radio Studies
‘Commercial radio and the construction of audiences’ 2002 in Electronic Working Papers in Radio
‘The political economy of internet music radio’ 2004 in The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 2/1
‘Out on the floor: the politics of dancing on the Northern Soul scene’ 2006 in Popular Music 25/3
‘Calling the tune: resolving the tension between profit and regulation in commercial radio’ 2006 in Southern Review 39/2
‘Finding an alternative: music programming in US college radio’ in The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media (2007) Volume 5/ Issue 1
‘David Murray: The making of a progressive jazz musician’ (2007) in Jazz Research Journal Volume 1/2, p173 – 203

Book chapters:

‘Rocking around the clock: dance crazes of the 1950s and 1960s’, in Julie Malnig (ed.) The social and popular dance reader. forthcoming 2008


1. Sights and Sounds: Interrogating the Music Documentary Conference | Matt Grimes - May 7, 2013

[…] Tim, Paul, Oliver, Sam, Rob and I went to the Sights and Sounds Conference which was held at Salford University last Thursday and Friday. I presented a paper based around my research into Anarcho-punk. I talked about the Alexander Oey film about Crass-‘There is No Authority But Yourself’. The paper was around how the film could be seen as an intervention into the canons of punk history through the retrieval of memory. The Powerpoint slides can be viewed below though the embedded video may not play. The conference was also filmed so hopefully I will be able to post that up at a later date. […]

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