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The Sociology of Sports-Talk Radio


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Robert L. Kerr
    Pages 19-35
  3. Robert L. Kerr
    Pages 37-57
  4. Robert L. Kerr
    Pages 79-91
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 97-99

About this book


This book provides a descriptive analysis of the social interaction transpiring in what the author has conceptualized as the “the hyper-mediated marketplace of sports narratives.” It examines the social structures and processes that make sports-talk radio such a vibrant societal milieu, and seeks to identify the essential sociological dynamics that make all that endless chatter so vital to listeners. A qualitative, descriptive analytical focus on this remarkable platform—where people come together to interact insistently, colorfully, and often with stunning ferocity—highlights key processes by which human communicators construct meaning.


mass media sports-talk-radio station sports talk broadcasting radio social media narrative production American social life mediated representations sports media document analysis Social construction sociology of sport

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of OklahomaNormanUSA

About the authors

Robert L. Kerr teaches media history and law at the University of Oklahoma, USA. He is a past winner of the National Communication Association’s Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression. He has twice received his college’s teaching award. 

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