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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Michael C. Keith, Ph.D.

full time faculty - communication department

Michael C. Keith

Associate Professor of the Practice

Phone: 617-552-8837

St. Mary's Hall S450
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Keith is the author of 21 books on electronic media, as well as a published memoir. In recent years, he has seen six books of fiction published. He edited a found manuscript by radio’s legendary dramatist, Norman Corwin—Norman Corwin’s ‘One World Flight’ (Continuum, 2009, with Mary Ann Watson). What he refers to as his “fringe group” series consists of a book that examines the use of radio and television by Native Americans—Signals in the Air (Praeger, 1995), a book that explores the nature and role of counterculture radio in the sixties—Voices in the Purple Haze (Praeger, 1997), a book that probes the right-wing’s exploitation of the electronic media airwaves—Waves of Rancor, a summer reading list selection by President Clinton (M.E. Sharpe, 1999, with Robert Hilliard), a book that examines the role of gays and lesbians in broadcasting—Queer Airwaves (M.E. Sharpe, 2001, with Phylis Johnson), a book about broadcasting and the First Amendment—Dirty Discourse (Blackwell Press, 2003, with Robert Hilliard), a book that evaluates the loss of localism in American radio—The Quieted Voice (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005, with Robert Hilliard), and an edited volume on the impact of the audio medium in American life—Radio Cultures (Peter Lang, 2008).

Keith is also the author of the most widely adopted text on radio in the country and globally—The Radio Station, 8th edition (to be published as Keith’s Radio Station in 2014 by Focal Press), an oral history—Talking Radio (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), a study of nocturnal broadcasting—Sounds in the Dark (Iowa State University Press, 2001), The Broadcast Century, 5th edition (Focal Press, 2010, with Robert Hilliard), and a history of FM broadcasting—Sounds of Change (University of North Carolina Press, 2008, with Christopher Sterling).

Prior to joining Boston College, Keith served as Chair of Education at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, taught at George Washington University and Marquette University, was director of the communication program at Dean College, and worked as a professional broadcaster for a dozen years. He is the co-founder of the Broadcast Education Association’s Radio Division and its first chair and the recipient of many honors, including the Stanton Fellow Award, the Distinguished Scholar Award presented by national communication organizations, and the University of Rhode Island’s Award for the Humanities.

In addition, he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Pen/O.Henry Award for his short stories. Keith also was a finalist for the Indie Excellence Award and the 2013 International Book Award for his fiction.


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