Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Tom McCourt

FMH 431
Office hours: Tuesday & Friday 9:00-10:00 & 11:50-12:30

Ph. D., University of Texas

Courses taught:
Introduction to Electronic Media
Introduction to Media Industries
Media and Popular Culture
Popular Music as Communication
Topics in Media Effects
Communication Ethics
Issues in Public Broadcasting
Social/Cultural Communication
Theories of Public Communication
Research Interests:
Dr. McCourt’s research interests include the history of media, communication technology, music and cultural studies, with particular focus on the relationship of technology to the public sphere. He has recently completed a documentary film, Drop City, with Joan Grossman. (
Selected publications:
Digital Music Wars:  Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox.  Rowman and Littlefield, 2006 (with Patrick Burkart).
Conflicting Communication Interests in America:  The Case of National Public Radio.  Praeger, 1999. 
Book Chapters
 “Customer Relationship Management:  Automating Fandom in Music Communities,” in Fandom:  Identities and Communities in a Mediated World,  Routledge, 2007 (with Patrick Burkart).
 “The Economics of the Recording Industry,” in Media Economics:  Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004 (with Eric Rothenbuhler).
 “Radio Redefines Itself:  1947-1962,” in Radio Reader, ed. Michelle Hilmes and Jason Loviglio.  New York:  Routledge, 2001 (with Eric Rothenbuhler).
Journal Articles
“Collecting Music in the Digital Realm.”  Popular Music and Society 28 (2); May 2005.
 “Infrastructure for the Celestial Jukebox.” Popular Music 23 (3), 2004 (with Patrick Burkart).
“Burnishing the Brand:  Todd Storz and the ‘Total Station Sound,” The Radio Journal – International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 2 (1), 2004 (with Eric Rothenbuhler).
 “When Creators, Corporations, and Consumers Collide:  Napster and the Development of On-line Music.”  Media, Culture and Society 25 (3), 2003 (with Patrick Burkart)
Encyclopedia Articles
 “National Public Radio” and “The iTunes Effect,” in  Battleground:  The Media, Greenwood Publishing, 2008.
“Music on Television.” The Encyclopedia of Television, 2nd  edition, Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004.
“Minnesota Public Radio,” “Public Radio International”  and “Community Radio,” in The Encyclopedia of Radio.  Routledge, 2003.

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