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Sonic Sorrow

Radio Broadcasts and the Creation of the Soundtrack of Memory
  • Oren Meyers
  • Eyal Zandberg
  • Motti Neiger
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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Abstract

The frequent airing of solemn songs is one of the primary characteristics of Holocaust Remembrance Day and it has become one of the most identified rituals of the day.1 Hence, this chapter explores the concept of sonic memory via the investigation of popular music that constitutes the radio playlists. Holocaust Remembrance Day radio playlists can be understood as a materialized expression of the complex interrelations between memory, ideology and media practices, between national rituals and (sacred) mnemonic artefacts and objects and between cultural production and ‘mood management’. The critical analysis of Holocaust Remembrance Day radio broadcasts — both on public nationwide and commercial local stations — links all of these domains, as it considers the central role of popular radio in the process of collective recollecting, focusing on the question of what makes certain songs aired on the radio so identified with the national mourning ritual and what are the ways by which such songs gain the authority to represent and shape social memories.

Keywords

Radio Station Collective Memory Radio Broadcast Cultural Object National Memory 
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© Oren Meyers, Eyal Zandberg and Motti Neiger 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Oren Meyers
    • 1
  • Eyal Zandberg
    • 2
  • Motti Neiger
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Netanya Academic CollegeIsrael

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