Dr. Michael C. Keith
(born in Albany, New York) has served since 1993 as a member of the Boston College communications faculty and is the author of some two-dozen books on media. He is one of the country's foremost authorities on the social impact and role of radio in American culture. He has lectured in Russia, Spain, Tanzania, and at several institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
Keith served as a visiting professor at George Washington University and Marquette University and Director of Telecommunications at Dean College. He frequently appears in both American and foreign media as an authority on electronic media. Prior to becoming a full-time academic in the late 1970s, he worked as a broadcast professional for more than a decade.
Keith's substantial published output melds his own experience, an excellent network of contacts in and beyond the radio business, and careful research to produce solid analysis of what a growing number in and out of the industry see as the growing crisis of broadcast radio. A number of his books have been co-authored with Robert Hilliard, now retired from Emerson College. The team usually works this way--with Keith conceiving the topic and doing much of the initial legwork research and Hilliard taking on the initial book manuscript draft. They both work on the final version. Their co-authored works, and those of Keith alone, often tackle controversial topics such as the demise of local radio programming (2005); the legal intricacies of indecent or even obscene programming (2003); the use of radio by extreme hate groups (1999), a title on President's Clinton's summer reading list one year; and the use of radio by Native Americans (1995), the first monograph to appear on that topic. Keith has been a Stanton Fellow of the International Radio & Television Society and received the Distinguished Scholar Award given by the Broadcast Education Association and the Achievement Award in the Humanities by the University of Rhode Island.
In addition to his many media books and academic articles, Keith has written a well-reviewed memoir of his unconventional childhood years--The Next Better Place
(Algonquin Books, 2003) -- as well as a coming of age novel--Life is Falling Sideways
(Parlance, 2009). Recently, he has written a growing number of short stories, which have appeared in numerous webzines and literary journals. A collection of his stories——"Hoag's Object"——will appear in 2011 (Whiskey Creek Press).Published Books on Electronic MediaNorman Corwin’s ‘One World Flight:’ The Lost Journal of Radio’s Greatest Writer,
(with Mary Ann Watson) Continuum, 2009.The Radio Station,
8th ed. Boston: Focal Press, 2009.Sounds of Change: FM Broadcasting in America,
(with Christopher H. Sterling) University of North Carolina Press, 2008Radio Cultures: The Sound Medium in American Life,
(editor) Peter Lang, 2008.The Quieted Voice: The Rise and Demise of Localism in American Radio,
(with Robert Hilliard) Southern Illinois University Press,
The Broadcast Century and Beyond: A Biography of American Broadcasting,
4th ed. (with Robert Hilliard) Focal Press,
Dirty Discourse: Sex and Indecency in American Radio,
(with Robert Hilliard) Blackwell Publishing, 2003.Sounds In the Dark: All Night Radio in American Life,
Iowa State University Press, 2001.Queer Airwaves: Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting in America,
(with Phylis Johnson) M.E. Sharpe, 2001.Talking Radio: An Oral History of American Radio in the Television Age,
M.E. Sharpe, 2000.Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right,
(with Robert Hilliard) M.E. Sharpe, 1999The Hidden Screen,
(with Robert Hilliard) Focal, 1999Voices In the Purple Haze: Underground Radio and the Sixties,
Praeger, 1997Global Broadcasting Systems,
(with Robert Hilliard) Focal, 1996Signals In the Air: Native Broadcasting In America,
Praeger, 1995.Selling Radio Direct,
(with Robert Hilliard) Broadcasting, 1992Radio Production: Art and Science,
Focal, 1990.Broadcast Voice Performance,
Focal, 1989.Radio Programming: Consultancy and Formatics,
Focal, 1987Production in Format Radio Handbook,
University Press of America, 1984.