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Tues., Nov. 19 --One-day fund drive for Pacifica Archives

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    PacificaRadio Archives http://www.pacificaarchives.org PACIFICA RADIO MOVES TO SAVE NATION S OLDEST PUBLIC RADIO ARCHIVE SPECIAL FUNDRAISING DAY AIMS TO STEM
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      PacificaRadio Archives

      http://www.pacificaarchives.org





      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:
      http://www.pacificaarchives.org

      Pacifica Radio Archives
      3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West
      North Hollywood, CA 91604
      Ph. 818-506-1077
      Ph. 800-735-0230
      Fax 818-506-1084
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