Grown folks radio: U.S. Election politics and a "hidden" black counterpublic

Micaela Di Leonardo*

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President Obama's 2008 electoral triumph garnered enormous journalistic and scholarly attention, but analysts have shown very little interest in African American media coverage of the campaign. In this piece, I focus on one major, nearly ignored, black media outlet: a syndicated radio show with a huge audience, commercial success, and progressive politics. I analyze the show's construction of a powerful mediatized black counterpublic, consider its rise parallel to the neoliberal deregulation of U.S. media, and narrate its coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. I also consider the political effects of a new cross-media platform synergy among black and progressive outlets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-672
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • African American
  • Counterpublic
  • Neoliberalism
  • Politics
  • Public Sphere
  • Radio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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