Huge Project to Gather and Digitize Radio Programming Is Underway

Underway: a huge project to gather and digitize old radio programming. “The Radio Preservation Task Force, overseen by the Library of Congress, is taking on a worldwide project to collect and catalog radio recordings. Missouri was chosen to be a pilot partly because of efforts already made in St. Louis as well as in Kansas City, though to a lesser extent. Josh Sheppard, the national director of the task force, says there‚Äôs never been a concerted effort by any one federal institution to trace where such recordings are stored or even to determine what is actually left. ‘We realized pretty quickly that at least 75 percent of recorded radio has been discarded or destroyed,’ he says.”

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