Dying or Changing: The Challenge of the HK Radio Industry


  • Tse Wing-On Hong Kong Baptist University


Hong Kong, Community radio, ethnography, archiving, new media technology


As radio shifts from analog to digital, the Hong Kong Radio Industry faces a challenge that they have not prepared for. To say the least, they have been running on deficit. In addition, it seems that they had become outdated, falling behind in terms of technology and exhibiting a lack of awareness about how online social media interaction between disk jockeys and listeners could attract more attention and increase their listener base. Significantly, Hong Kong radio is notable for not having archival systems for their sound recordings and radio content that could provide public and educational access after live radio sessions, and that might have helped maintain, if not increase their audiences who are increasingly used to accessing radio on demand via streaming services. This highlights the urgent need to set up a system for preserving Hong Kong’s precious recordings. Using ethnographic approach, the researcher adopted a qualitative method where they observed and interacted with the study’s participants in their real-life environment. Moreover, the paper applied a usability in a user-centered service design to help them analyze the problem, which includes the relevant domain, audience, process, goal, and context. Using an ethnographic study within a usability project enables researchers to thoroughly analyze the design problem and notice all associated issues to come up with a better solution. This paper focused on the radio industry in Hong Kong, particularly addressing crucial issues and questions that have been understudied in existing academic research.

Author Biography

Tse Wing-On , Hong Kong Baptist University

Wing On TSE holds a  bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, telecommunications, and mass media from the Temple University and  a master’s degree in creative media from the City University of Hong Kong. He worked at two US radio stations, iHeart Media and CBS, as a sound engineer. He is currently a technical officer at the  the Hong Kong Baptist University, where is also a PhD student. His research interests focuses on digital media, radio and sound engineering.


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How to Cite

Tse , W.-O. (2020). Dying or Changing: The Challenge of the HK Radio Industry. Asian Congress for Media and Communication Journal, 7(1), 31–49. Retrieved from https://acmcjournal.org/index.php/home/article/view/8