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Tom McCourt



Martino Hall, Room 706


PhD, University of Texas

Biography and 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


  • Drop City, a documentary film with Joan Grossman. Seventh Art Releasing, 2012


  • Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox. Rowmanand Littlefield, 2006 (with Patrick Burkart).
  • Conflicting Communication Interests in America: The Case of National Public Radio. Praeger, 1999.

Book Chapters

  • "Recorded Music," in Communication and Technology, ed. Lorenzo Cantoni and James Danowski. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2014
  • “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

  • "Modernity." The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy, ed. Karl Jensen. Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
  • “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.

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
  • Theories of Media and Society