Beer, Babes, and Balls: Masculinity and Sports Talk Radio

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SUNY Press, Oct 4, 2007 - Performing Arts - 190 pages
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Beer, Babes, and Balls explores the increasingly popular genre of sports talk radio and how it relates to contemporary ideas of masculinity. Popular culture plays a significant role in fashioning identities, and sports talk radio both reflects and inspires cultural shifts in masculinity. Through analysis of the content of sports talk radio as well as interviews with radio production staff and audience members, scholar and avid sports talk radio listener David Nylund sheds light on certain aspects of contemporary masculinity and recent shifts in gender and sexual politics. He finds that although sports talk radio reproduces many aspects of traditional masculinity, sexism, racism, and heterosexism, there are exceptions in these discourses. For instance, the most popular national host, Jim Rome, is against homophobia and racism in sport, which indicates that the medium may be a place for male sports fans to discuss gender, race, and sexuality in consequential ways. Nylund concludes that sports talk radio creates a male bonding community that has genuine moments of intimacy and connection, signifying the potential for new forms of masculinity to emerge, while simultaneously reproducing traditional forms of masculinity.
 

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Contents

1st Inning OPENING PITCH Thinking about Sports Talk Radio
1
SPORTS TALK RADIO
2
THEORIZING MASCULINITIES
5
DEVELOPMENT OF MANHOOD IN TWENTIETHCENTURY UNITED STATES
8
MASCULINITY AND THE SPORTS MEDIA
10
MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES
14
CRITICAL RADIO STUDIES
15
OUTLINE OF THE BOOK
17
WOMEN IN THE JUNGLE
72
QUEER EYE FOR THE SPORTS GUY
75
THE RACE CARD
90
ROME HAS NO CLASS
99
JUNGLE NATIONALISM
102
HEGEMONY OR HOPE? SPORTS TALK RADIOS POTENTIAL
106
THE AUDIENCE OF SPORTS TALK RADIO
109
6th Inning IN THE JUNGLE WITH THE CLONES
111

THE CLIMATE FOR SPORTS TALK RADIO
19
2nd Inning THE SPORTS TALK RADIO INDUSTRY From Rush to Rome
21
RADIO DEREGULATION AND TALK RADIO
22
AN EXTENSION OF POLITICAL TALK RADIO?
26
3rd Inning INSIDE THE SPORTS RADIO INDUSTRY Ads and Lads
28
INFLUENCE OF ADVERTISING RATINGS AND CORPORATE RADIO
29
SPORTS RADIO AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE
33
ROMANTIC BELIEF IN SPORTS
37
HANGING OUT AT THE STATION
43
READING SPORTS TALK RADIO
51
4th Inning THE JIM ROME SHOW Myspacecom for Men
53
HIP SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST
54
LEARNING HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE JUNGLE
58
A SITE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF MASCULINITY
59
MALE RITE OF PASSAGE ON THE JIM ROME SHOW
61
INGROUP HUMOR ON THE JIM ROME SHOW
64
THE CONTRADICTIONS OF MASCULINITY
66
5th Inning RACE GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE JUNGLE
68
COMPETING MASCULINITIES
69
INTERVIEWING THE CLONES
112
THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE
117
HOMOSOCIALITY
118
THE AUDIENCE DOES SOCIAL ISSUES
120
7th Inning WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME
124
CHEERS TO MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
125
LOU FROM LODI
130
A COMMUNITY OF CALLERS
136
AMONG THE CLONES HOOLIGANS
141
8th Inning A SPORTS RADIO INTRUDER
148
MY TAKE ON THE AUDIENCE OF SPORTS TALK RADIO
151
9th Inning MY FINAL TAKE
155
SPORTS TALK AND CIVIC DISCOURSE
156
SPORTS AND SEXUALITY
159
MASCULINITY AND SPORTS
161
NOTES
165
BIBLIOGRAPHY
173
INDEX
185
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David Nylund is Assistant Professor of Social Work at California State University at Sacramento. He is the author of Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD and the coeditor (with Craig Smith) of Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents.

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