Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, William Lee, who shared the following story from Mynorthwest.com about how radio station KIRO saved a bit of radio history through “accidental preservation.” Here’a an excerpt:
One of the most important events of the 20th century was World War II. The Cold War that followed and many of the national borders that exist to this day were largely created during that deadly, years-long conflict from the late 1930s to 1945.
An expert speaking at the Library of Congress at the first-ever Radio Preservation Task Force Conference described how one of the most important tools for understanding World War II is available to researchers only because of an “accident” at KIRO Radio more than 70 years ago.
During his keynote address last week in Washington, DC, longtime archivist and librarian Sam Brylawski spoke of KIRO Radio’s role in saving a priceless audio record of American history.
It was a case of “accidental preservation,” Brylawski told the audience of more than 200 radio history scholars from around the US and Canada, that resulted in the creation of a nearly complete archive of CBS news broadcasts during World War II.
“KIRO is the station in Seattle that cut lacquer discs to timeshift,” Byrlawski said, explaining how the scheduling of live broadcasts of CBS Radio’s news coverage was aimed at the Eastern time zone, which was not convenient for West Coast audiences. KIRO, as Brylawski described, violated network radio policies to make recordings of news programs on giant, 16-inch diameter discs, and then play them back a few hours later at times that were more convenient to Seattle-area listeners.
Continue reading the full article and listen to the audio report at Mynorthwest.com…
Great story – thanks for sharing it!!
My Dad worked as a technician at the VOA transmitter sites in Greenville, Delano and Dixon. 16″ bare aluminum transcription discs used for backup signature IDs and sign ON/OFF audio were made obsolete during the 1960’s. Instead of sending those discs to the local dump many ended up in the technician’s home kitchens where they were prized for use as pizza pans.
Here is a German archive from the time of the Cold War: http://rias1.de/ .
Some recording of news from 1920 – 1976 (German & English language) you find here: http://www.rias1.de/timeline_nachrichten.htm
RIAS was the “Radio In the American Sector” of occupied Germany.
Brilliant! Is this your website?
No. But I’m really happy to know this site. I remember most of the stations. And my poor English startet with AFN,BFBS,BBC and many others. My first radio in the early 60s was an Audion like this:
Here another verry intresting German site: