From the lectern near to the listener. Challenges and changes in early radio talk


Paavo Oinonen

When Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yleisradio) started the radio transmissions in 1926, there was at once a substantial need for programme contents. As it is said, technical skills preceded the skilful programme production. Among other things, a central task for the first editors was to create practices for radio talk and reporting.

The objective of this article is to analyse how the early programme forms were developed and applied by the company’s first reporters, Alexis af Enehjelm and Markus Rautio. The special case study handles a programme named Children’s Hour hosted by Markus Rautio. It was the first programme produced by Yleisradio to perform without the written manuscript and to use simple interaction with both the studio and home audiences.

It seems that the reporters quickly found the appropriate means to deliver their message using various ways of expressions. When the technical preconditions for mobile transmissions came possible, we could say that radio took full advantage of its possibilities as a moveable and flexible medium.