Inspiration – Mette Simonsen Abildgaard

Twenty-four years of heartache

“I used to analyze the development of the Danish youth radio programme “P4 i P1” through its twenty-four years on air, mapping how listeners’ letters and telephone calls about heartache and parental conflicts were gradually made to matter on the radio, and how that changed youth radio from 1973 to 1997.

For me, a central function of has been to provide context, as the archive’s comprehensive character enabled me to study what came before and after the era of youth radio central to my own work. In my opinion, is especially suited for longitudinal and mixed methods studies, as the audio archive provides a unique opportunity of shifting between small and large scale as well as qualitative and quantitative analyses. I highly recommend for students and researchers from any field, who are interested in drawing on auditory material for their work.”