From the mid-1920s into the 1950s, radio was the nation’s major source for entertainment and news. It is an irreplaceable part of the nation’s social and cultural heritage. On Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, more than 150 of the nation’s top scholars and archivists will gather in the Washington, D.C., area to address the perilous state of America’s radio heritage. The event is by invitation only and coverage opportunity for media is outlined below.
What: “Saving America’s Radio Heritage: Radio Preservation, Access, and Education” two-day conference — the first-ever gathering of mass media historians and archivists in the first national attempt to assess the history and record of radio in the U.S. The conference is sponsored by the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, Radio Preservation Task Force, University Maryland and Shiers Memorial Fund.
Who: More than 100 universities, museums and radio archives will be participating in the conference, including the University of Maryland, Catholic University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Dartmouth College, University of Toronto, Howard University, Northwestern University, University of California-Santa Barbara, Smithsonian, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio Archives, Radio History Digital Library and many others. For a complete list of conference activities and participants, visit http://radiopreservation.org/
When/Where: Friday, Feb. 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Library of Congress, James Madison Building
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Maryland
Special Collections in Mass Media and Culture
College Park, Maryland