Muderinos and Media Effects: How the My Favorite Murder Podcast and its Social Media Community May Promote Well-being in Audiences with Mental Illness

Rachelle L. Pavelko, Jessica Gall Myrick

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Since the inception of the My Favorite Murder podcast in January 2016, cohosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark have built an empowered fanbase that tunes in weekly to hear a true-crime/comedy mashup. The present study analyzed what draws MFM listeners with a mental illness diagnosis to the podcast and how they utilize related social media platforms to connect with others by employing both a uses and gratifications paradigm and concepts from the audience involvement literature. An online survey of users of the MFM Facebook group (N = 541) was conducted and the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Radio and Audio Media
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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