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Archives of *Non-commercial Radio on the Internet
Here are links to other web sites where one can hear examples of radio programming produced by public and "community" radio stations that tried to use radio to help their listeners better understand and appreciate the world they inhabit.
This page includes whatever non-commercial non-institutional "community" radio stations that I have been able to identify that came into existence during the last half of the 20th century. Some have ceased to exist. Some have information about their history and examples of programming online. Many do not.
Do you know of other sites that provide audio of radio programming from the 20th century?
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
The AAPB is the largest online collection of examples of radio and television programming in the US. It is a relatively recent project of the Library of Congress, WGBH, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Most of the radio collection comes from the largest institutional stations that make up the National Public Radio network, but there are also programs from a few of the stations listed below.
The online database includes 896,885 total records for sound recordings, of which 31,616 have been digitized, and 7,981 are available online for listening. 3,172 of those online are from 1900 to 1999.
The BBC and British Library have a tangled skein of web sites and pages. If you can find the front door, please let me know. Otherwise, you can try these:
KAZU, Pacific Grove, CA; 1970 - 1998
KAZU seems to have ceased being a "community" station when the license was assigned to Cal State University Monterey Bay sometime between 1998 and 2001)
KAZU History (Don Mussell)
KAZU (archive.org - restricted)
KBOO, Portland, OR; 1968 -
KCHU, Dallas, TX; 1975 - 1977
Call letters are now used by a community station in Valdez, AK, below)
In 1978 license was assigned to an organization that eventually changed the call letters to KNON, which seems to have returned the station to the air in 1983 (see entry for KNON, below).
KCHU History (wild-bohemian.com)
KCHU History (knonhistory.blogspot.com/2013/06/kchu-predecessor-to-knon.html)
KCHU, Valdez, AK; 1986
KCHU History (kchu.org/about-us/station-profile/)
KDNA, Saint Louis, MO; 1969-1972
Call letters are now used by a Spanish language community station in Granger, WA, below)
KDNA History (stlmediahistory.com)
KDNA History, more (stlmediahistory.com)
KDNA, Granger, WA; 1979
KDNA in Granger was the eventual result of the collaboration of the Northwest Chicano Radio Network (NWCRN) with KRAB in 1975. The history of this relationship will eventually be documented here in the KRAB Archive.
Web site (erratic)
KFAT, Gilroy CA; 1975
KFAT History (kfat.com)
More KFAT History (Gilbert Klein - readfatchance.com)
Air checks - Part 1 (archive.org)
Air checks - Part 2 (archive.org)
KNON, Dallas, TX, 1983
KNON History (knon.org)
KNON History (knonhistory.blogspot.com)
KOPN, Columbia, MO; 1973
KOPN history (kopn.org)
KOPN reel to reel project
KPOO, San Francisco, CA; 1973
KRAB, Seattle, WA; 1962-1984
Call letters are now used by a commercial rock station in Bakersfield, CA
You are looking at this in the KRAB Archive
We have located recordings of KRAB programs and other ephemera in the following collections:
Jack Straw Foundation (formerly Jack Straw Memorial Foundation), Seattle - The former owner and licensee of KRAB has a collection of over 1,200 tapes of programs created and broadcast at KRAB, of which approximately 142 have been digitized and shared with the KRAB Archive.
New York Public Library - Three recordings of interviews of Maud Russell by Lorenzo Milam, Nancy Keith and Jeremy Lansman, 1962 and 1963
University of Illinois Sousa Archives - Recordings originally distributed through KRAB Nebula, and later absorbed into Possible Tape Exchange and NFCB program service.
University of Maryland, Special Collections, National Federation of Community Broadcasters Collection - The KRAB Archive is working with the University of Maryland to make KRAB originated programs in this collection available for listening and research.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
KRAB FM Lesbian-Feminist Radio Program recordings, 1967-1982
WYSO Archives listed as not digitized in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Distributed through KRAB Nebula
KSER, Everett, WA; 1991
KSVR, Mount Vernon, WA; 1973
KTAO, Los Gatos, CA; 1969-1974
Call letters are now used by a commercial station in Taos, NM.
KTAO History (afana.org)
KUSP, Santa Cruz, CA; 1972-2016
The "Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. (DBA KUSP)" filed for bankruptcy in 2016. The license appears to have been acquired by an organization that operates networks that broadcast "adult christian music." I can't quite figure out the evolution of KUSP programming, but in the "KUSP story" it is said "KUSP has always been an independent, community-run non-profit – unlike most public radio stations."
KUSP History (Don Mussell)
KUSP History (kusp.org/story.shtml)
Pacifica Radio Archives - Programs from KPFA, KPFK, KPFT, and WBAI; 1949
The Pacifica Archives has more than 50,000 recordings of their programs. It is unclear how many have been digitized, but, between archive.org, Soundcloud, and the AAPB, there are close to 3,000 online. The link below (purchase a Pacifica program) goes to their online database where one can search or browse for programs. Note that not all that have been digitized are identified as such in the database. Pacifica's charges for digitizing or copying are much more reasonable than the typical institution with radio archives.
Internet Archive (archive.org)
To purchase Pacifica programs
My KPFA - A Historical Footnote, by John Whiting, former KPFA Production Director. Has examples of many programs, recorded conversations with former KPFA principals, and essays on the history and philosophy of KPFA.
Studs Terkel Archive (WFMT)
University of Washington Milo Ryan Collection of CBS Radio News (Soundcloud)
WAIF, Cincinnati, OH; 1975
WDNA, Miami, FL; 1977
WFMU, Jersey City, N; 1958
WFMU History (wfmu.org)
WNYC, New York, NY; 1924
WNYC Archives (wnyc.org)
WORT, Madison, WI; 1975
WORT History (wortfm.org)
WRFG, Atlanta, GA; 1973
WRFG History (wrfg.org) - not functioning as of Jul 6, 2017
WYEP, Pittsburgh, PA; 1974
WYSO, Yellow Springs, OH; 1958
WYSO archives (wyso.org)
Archives at Greene County Public Library
* Mostly non-commercial
If you possess any souvenirs (program guides, tapes, or photos) or have a story about your experience with KRAB you are willing to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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