"Shock" meets "community service": J.C. Corcoran at KMOX

Matthew C. Ehrlich, Noshir S. Contractor

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


KMOX‐AM in St. Louis hired J.C. Corcoran to try to update its sound. Corcoran and KMOX represented two contrasting styles in talk radio— “shock”; and “community service.”; These styles can be seen as reflecting two visions of America—a modernist vision of civic discourse and public participation, and a postmodernist vision in which distinctions have blurred between the public and private spheres and between news and entertainment. The authors qualitatively examine the talk on a program hosted by a “shock jock”; on a respected news‐talk radio station.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-35
JournalJournal of Radio Studies
StatePublished - 1998


Dive into the research topics of '"Shock" meets "community service": J.C. Corcoran at KMOX'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this