Historical Radio Broadcasts Collections
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We focus on rare materials and obsolete formats. To find more readily available commercial movies and albums in the library search the Hutchins Library Catalog (BANC).
Going beyond the limitations of words on paper, these rare recordings make possible hearing in the present the same accents, emotions, and issues that entertained and informed a past generation.
- WHAS Radio Historical Collection, HC 41
Louisville's WHAS and the CBS network, 1936 to the mid 1950s, document a wide range of state, national, and world political figures and news events.
- John Lair Papers 1930-1984, SAA 66
John Lee Lair, a pioneer Kentucky country music broadcaster, music collector, and community historian. They consist mainly of business correspondence, radio listener mail, photographs, radio program scripts, and broadcast recordings. Also included are printed promotional material, news clippings, performer repertoire lists, and oral history transcripts.
- Asa Martin Collection, SAA 115
Audio material includes taped copies of his commercial recordings from the 20s and 30s and original recordings of 1970’s era radio programs featuring Martin and his band, the Cumberland Rangers that were broadcast by WIRV in Irvine, Kentucky. Also included are several audio recorded interviews with Martin.
- Asher and Little Jimmie Sizemore Radio Program Reference Collection, SAA 143
This collection documents early country music performers Asher Sizemore and his son, James L. "Little Jimmie" Sizemore. It includes photographs, songbooks, and audio recordings of 18 fifteen minute radio programs dating from 1936 that were copied from radio station recording discs.
Homer Ledford and the Cabin Creek Band - Stanton, Kentucky
"There's A Bluebird Singing," Kentucky Traditions radio program, WSKV