Boing Boing: Open archive of 240,000 hours’ worth of talk radio, including 2.8 billion words of machine-transcription. “A group of MIT Media Lab researchers have published Radiotalk, a massive corpus of talk radio audio with machine-generated transcriptions, with a total of 240,000 hours’ worth of speech, marked up with machine-readable metadata.”
EurekAlert: Using AI to remix radio for people living with dementia. “Radio Me will address key causes of hospital admission for people with dementia, such as agitation and not taking medication correctly. As a result, it is hoped quality of life will improve, and people will be able to remain living independently at home for longer.”
WUSF Public Media: Massive Digitization Effort Is The Latest Plot Twist For Cuban Radio Soap Operas. “Binge-worthy podcasts may be a 21st century phenomenon, but addictive, serialized storytelling is nothing new. From the 1930s through the 1950s, Cuba exported more daytime and nighttime radio serials than any nation in the Spanish-speaking world — even Fidel Castro was a fan. After the Revolution, Cuban emigrés in Miami began making original Spanish-language radio soap operas — better known as radionovelas — that reportedly ran on more than 200 stations worldwide. The Latin American Library at Tulane University is now digitizing a whopping collection of those 1960s-era programs and encouraging academic study of Cold War soaps.”
The Center for the Performing Arts: NEA grant to fund media preservation project. “A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will enable the Great American Songbook Foundation to digitize historic radio recordings featuring The Music Man creator Meredith Willson and make them available online for scholars worldwide. The recordings document Willson’s early career in the 1940s and ’50s, when he was a host and music director for several national radio shows, conducting ensembles like the San Francisco Symphony and talking with Hollywood and Broadway stars including Walter Pidgeon, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Frank Loesser and Dick Powell.”
Digital Library of Georgia: Digitized recordings of the radio program Southwind: The New Sounds of the Old Confederacy now available.. “Atlanta journalist Boyd Lewis conceived, created, produced, and hosted Southwind, a half-hour radio program of features and documentaries on the people, issues, and events of the South. The program aired on WABE-FM in Atlanta between November 14, 1980 and January 29, 1987. The collection contains 150 out of the 177 editions that were recorded. Each of the Southwind programs consisted of one to three segments that featured original reporting either by Mr. Lewis or his colleagues in public radio throughout the Southeast. Many of the segments focused on contemporary events that Mr. Lewis placed in historical context, while other segments were retrospectives of past events that featured the voices of the participants. The segments touched upon a broad range of topics relating to the history of Atlanta and the American South in the mid-to-late 20th century, including the Civil Rights Movement; African American history; city and regional economic and cultural development in the southeast; business and labor history; Atlanta theater; folk life; literature, and political history.”
iNews: What was on TV the day you were born? Historic Radio Times listings now online through BBC Genome Project. “What was on television the day you were born? The BBC is launching a searchable database of Radio Times programme listings dating back to 1923, through the broadcaster’s own Genome Project. The BBC has now made all 1940s issues of the Radio Times publicly available online for the first time.” The 1920s and 1930s were already available.
Chicago Tribune: Studs Terkel Radio Archive will be made public this week, with 5,000-plus stories that needed to be saved. “I knew Studs Terkel since, actually, the day I was born. He took my father, his friend, out for a celebratory drink, or three, that long-ago day, and over the next decades, I wrote many thousands of words about him: his best-selling books, his WFMT radio show, his activism, his awards, enthusiasm and insatiable curiosity. I wrote about him when he underwent a risky open-heart procedure when he was 93 and from which he emerged saying, ‘I’m a medical miracle,’ and when he died on Halloween in 2008 at 96, I wrote his obituary. What more can there be to say? Well, I am done, actually, because when this story ends, I will stop writing about Studs and start listening to him. That will occupy a great deal of time because on Wednesday, the first 1,800 or so of the 5,600 or so hours of Studs’ remarkable radio programs will become readily available for any interested ears and minds. “