Tues., Nov. 19 --One-day fund drive for Pacifica Archives
- PacificaRadio Archives
PACIFICA RADIO MOVES TO SAVE NATION'S OLDEST PUBLIC RADIO ARCHIVE
SPECIAL FUNDRAISING DAY AIMS TO STEM DETERIORATION OF
RARE RECORDINGS, INCLUDING THE VOICES OF MALCOLM X,
MARGARET MEAD, LENNY BRUCE, FANNIE LOU HAMER, AND OTHERS
In an effort to save and restore more than 47,000 historic tapes that span
half a century of radio programming, the five-station PacificaRadio network
will broadcast a national on-air fundraising benefit on Tuesday, November 19,
featuring rare recordings from the endangered archives.
Considered by many historians and scholars to be one of the most important
audio collections in the world, thousands of tapes in the Los Angeles-based
Pacifica Radio Archives are in danger of permanent damage caused by aging.
Internationally recognized sound preservation experts have advised Pacifica
to conduct an immediate review of the endangered tapes and to transfer them
to new mediums, such as digital audio.
*This archive is a national and international treasure,* said J.Brian
DeShazor, Director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. *And we must act now as
custodians of these rare and historic recordings before it's too late.*
Founded in 1949 by World War II conscientious objector Lewis Hill, Pacifica
Radio was created as the first non-commercial, listener-sponsored radio
station in the United States. The Pacifica Radio Archives was established in
1971 to house the audio tape collection gathered from Pacifica Radio stations
KPFA-94.1 FM in Berkeley, KPFK-90.7 FM in Los Angeles, WBAI-99.5FM in New
York, KPFT-90.1 FM in Houston, and WPFW-89.3 FM in Washington D.C.
Starting with 10,000 tapes the archive has grown to over 47,000
recordingscovering more than 53 years of public radio programming. As the
fifty-three-year leader in open access, First Amendment radio Pacifica has
broadcast programs of singular historical and educational value, programs of
people and events commercial media did not document well, if at all. The
Pacifica programs have won distinguished citations including many Armstrong,
Peabody, and Ohio State awards.
The November 19 marathon broadcast will include rare recordings of
internationally known writers, political activists, religious leaders and
entertainers such as Ann Sexton, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Patty Hearst,
Fannie Lou Hamer, Paul Robeson, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, Allen
Ginsberg,Yoko Ono, Bette Davis, Simone de Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac, Rachel
Carson, theDalai Lama, Lenny Bruce and many others. The broadcast will be
presented in an educational format, focusing each hour on a specific theme:
Native AmericanHistory, Women’s Herstory, Literature and Drama,
Latino/Chicano History,Eastern Philosophy, the Civil Rights
Movement, Civil Liberties, The Legacy of Malcolm X, and so on.
In order to preserve the Pacifica Radio Archives and continue to enable
public access to the recordings, Pacifica needs to take immediate steps to
prevent any further deterioration of the collection. According to
preservation experts, Pacifica should conduct a detailed assessment of how
manytapes are in immediate need of reformatting, and then hire an experienced
preservation transfer engineer to transfer the tapes to a new medium, such
as digital audio.
To support the Pacifica Radio Archives or access the Pacifica Radio
ArchivesListening Salon go to:
Pacifica Radio Archives
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West
North Hollywood, CA 91604
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