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Polinsky, Heather

Director and Professor



Before pursuing academia, I worked as an audio engineer at SoundTrax Recording Studios in Raleigh, North Carolina. After the studio hit some hard economic times, I left to pursue my master's degree researching the economic realities of the media and further pursued media economics and policy in doctoral education.

I joined the faculty of Central Michigan University in 1997. Over the years, I helped students begin Moore Media Records and advised WMHW-FM. I designed and taught courses in the audio post-production for video, music production, field audio recording, and the music industry. I enjoy teaching students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I produce radio segments for CMU Public Radio, podcasts for the College of Medicine and put most of my research efforts into studying media economics and policy.

Selected Scholarly & Creative Endeavors


2022 Communicator Award of Excellence for Podcast Series in Science and Medicine for Shifting Mindsets for Better Health, Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (May 2022). Segments aired on WCMU-FM

Sindik, A., Polinsky, H. (2020). Federal Communications Commission Reverse Incentive Spectrum Auction: Outcomes and Impact on the Broadcast Industry. Journal of Media Business Studies (ROMB).

Williamson, P. A., Stohlman, T. A., Polinsky, H. (2017). Me, my “selfie” and I: A survey of self-disclosure motivations on social media. The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Journal of Cultural Studies, 2(2), 71-85.

Communicator Award of Distinction in Audio for the “Michigan Soapbox,” International Academy of the Visual Arts (May 2013). Segments aired on WCMU-FM from June 2012 – December 2014.

More about Heather Polinsky

Ph.D: 2006, Michigan State University
MA: 1997, University of Wyoming
BSC: 1991, Ohio University
  • Media economics & policy
  • Media technology use

Creative Interest

  • Radio & podcast production

Courses Taught

• Audio Production Course
• Recording Industry & Business
• Graduate Theory & Research Courses
• Seminar in Telecom Media Policy