Black Radio : Telling It Like It Was, circa 1920s-1997 1991-1995
Black Radio : Telling It Like It Was, circa 1920s-1997, bulk 1991-1995 feature image

Collection Number

SC 39


Smithsonian Productions
Webb, Jacqueline Gales


Production materials documenting Smithsonian's thirteen-part program on the role of radio in transforming the African American community in the twentieth century. The program was produced in 1996 by Jacquie Gales Webb for Smithsonian Productions, with assistance from the AAAMC. The collection contains over 400 hours of interviews and historical aircheck tapes in addition to articles, research files, program scripts, and transcripts. The audio interviews feature conversations with over 150 well-known disc jockeys, radio professionals, record company executives, journalists, and scholars. The historical airchecks include station identifications and jingles, radio interviews with prominent Black figures, coverage of historical events, and programs highlighting or influenced by the contributions of Black performers, disc jockeys, and other important persons in radio.


10 document cases (4 linear feet)
297 Audiocassettes (DAT : digital, stereo)
168 Audiocassettes (analog)
9 8mm data cartridge
7 Audio Discs (CD-R)
3 data discs (1.44 MB floppies)

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