Digitizing Public Radio Program Collection Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

Material Description

This grant will digitize 80 at-risk reel to reel tapes of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Each tape is one hour for a total of 80 recorded hours. The reels are 10.5 inches in diameter and the tape brand is Ampex 406. These files currently have no metadata. The only descriptive work that exists for these files is a brief summary of each program for each audio file including date, guests and topic. These summaries were created as the program was produced for production log purposes. Currently these reels are not accessible for public use. WHYY's short-term goal is to preserve the at-risk content on these reels by digitizing them and creating basic metadata for each. This CLIR grant will help to support this goal. WHYY's long-term goal is to make this content available to the public via WorldCat together with the Fresh Air collection currently being made accessible through WorldCat via a generous CLIR Cataloguing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program grant.


WHYY seeks support to digitize 80 of the most at-risk reel to reel tapes of the award-winning public radio program Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Produced and owned totally by WHYY, this engaging and thought-provoking daily interview program examines regional, national, and international news, explores new ideas and trends, and introduces listeners to fascinating people including Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, playwrights, and poets; city, state and national legislators; government officials; actors; musicians; scientists; historians; and corporate leaders. Audio recordings from the program spanning 1988 to 2012 need to be digitized. This grant will support the digitization of the most at-risk audio recordings of the collection- 80 recorded hours on reels. The grant will also support basic metadata creation for these files so that they may be imported into the Archive and Retrieval System WHYY developed for the Fresh Air Archive.


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WHYY, Inc.


  • Ms. Kyra McGrath (WHYY)


80 recorded hours