Academic Career

Michael C. Keith, PhD, is the author or coauthor of more than two dozen groundbreaking books on electronic media, among them Waves of Rancor––a book cited by President Clinton for its study of the radical right’s use of audio media.

The recipient of numerous awards in the academic field, including the Broadcast Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Radio Television Society’s Stanton Fellow Award, and the University of Rhode Island’s Achievement Award in the Humanities, he is also the author of dozens of articles and short stories and has served in a variety of editorial positions.

Prior to joining Boston College (where he was named Emeritus upon retiring in 2017), Michael served as Chair of Education at the Museum of Broadcast Communications and on the faculties of The George Washington University, Marquette University, and Dean College. He was co-founder of the Broadcast Education Association’s Radio Division and its first chair. His academic works have been translated in Greece, Russia, Spain, Indonesia, and China.




Signals in the Air
Signals in the Air: Native Broadcasting in America
Waves of Rancor
Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right


Talking Radio: An Oral History of American Radio in the Television Age


The Radio Station
The Radio Station, Eighth Edition: Broadcast, Satellite and Internet 8th Edition
Sounds in the Dark
Sounds in the Dark: All-Night Radio in American Life
The Quieted Voice
The Quieted Voice: The Rise and Demise of Localism in American Radio


Radio Cultures
Radio Cultures: The Sound Medium in American Life


Sounds of Change
Sounds of Change: A History of FM Broadcasting in America
One World Flight
Norman Corwin’s One World Flight: The Lost Journal of Radio’s Greatest Writer
Dirty Discourse
Dirty Discourse: Sex and Indecency in Broadcasting


Broadcast Century an Beyond
The Broadcast Century and Beyond, Fifth Edition: A Biography of American Broadcasting


Radio Programming Consultancy and Formatices
Radio Programming Consultancy and Formatics