Radio as Current
Central Saint Martins Window Gallery
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AA

11–25 April 2019

Radio as Current is an exhibition about Fred Hunter’s career and work. Hunter was a journalist and a course leader at London College of Communication in the 1970s, founder of the UK’s first radio journalism course, and thereby teacher to many of today’s radio journalists. As listeners of podcasts, after video killed the radio star and our mobile phones ultimately decimated media, we asked how his teaching would sound today. Radio as Current means contemporary disruptiveness. Public radio reports and challenges current affairs. Whether it be a cheerful chat with your morning coffee or a stern debate with your evening tea, issues are resolved through discussion, by talking and establishing dialogue. Time and again, radio charges conversation.

A tableau of plants and furniture, a microphone and a curtain. The exhibition includes three podcast interview with and educator, radio broadcast journalist and artist who employs podcast in their practice. Each interviews were aired on a scheduled date and looped, the podcasts were also available online. In the background are panels that represent a brief fragmented history of radio broadcast journalism higher education in the UK. While this exhibition was informative and displayed materials from the Fred Hunter archive at London College of Communication (LCC), it also attempted to challenge the notion of radio broadcast journalism’s current role.

Podcast interviews include: Rebecca Pearce, Acting Course Leader, BA (Hons) Journalism at LCC, Martin Shaw, Radio Journalist at BBC Cornwall and former Course Leader, Postgraduate Broadcast Journalism at LCC and Daniel Kelly, Artist and founder, DKUK. 

This project was in partnership with University Archives and Special Collections Centre held at the University of Arts London, London College of Communication.

Image: Glenn Michael Harper