Martin Spinelli began a career in radio as a teenager. In his twenties as a reporter, anchor and producer in Buffalo, New York, he produced award-winning news features for National Public Radio as well as the nationally acclaimed literary series LINEbreak. In the mid-1990s he produced cutting-edge pieces heard on innovative stations
around the world, as well as on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Both his benchmark radio art series Radio Radio and LINEbreak are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York while all of his radio work and writing are archived in the Martin Spinelli Collection at the University at Buffalo Library.
He was the founder of the Academic Radio Program at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College
where he produced the AIDS-informational soap Welcome to America broadcast on Radio Africa International. His many essays about media art and history have been published in anthologies as well as journals like Postmodern Culture, Convergence and Object.