You cannot turn my voice down: Podcasts as alternative media for queers in Turkey

TUFAN F., Şenyüz B.

Radio Journal, vol.21, no.1, pp.45-65, 2023 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1386/rjao_00072_1
  • Journal Name: Radio Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Communication Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-65
  • Keywords: alternative media, freedom of expression, identity construction, marginalized groups, podcast, queer theories, visibility
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


This study focuses on podcasts produced in Turkey that incorporate queer culture and experiences by exploring the dynamics of podcasting as an alternative broadcast medium. We examined six podcasts consisting of conversations focused on queer culture and issues, with at least ten episodes distributed. We conducted qualitative in-depth interviews with nine participants – at least one representative of each podcast. We found that the programmes, as effective alternative publicizing channels of solidarity, make personal experiences audible. Queer podcasts in Turkey demonstrate the characteristics of alternative media, being carriers of non-hegemonic discourse and representations, and their organizational forms and structures support audience participation. On the other hand, the distribution channels of the content are commercial and not independent on state or market.