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Pacifica Radio Archives

Pacifica Radio Archives is considered by historians and scholars to be one of the oldest and most important audio collections in the world.

Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts.

The Pacifica Radio Archives appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve the creative work generated by, or produced in association with, Pacifica Radio, and make it available for research and reference use.

They focus on materials that reflect the memory, traditions and evolution of Pacifica Radio. The intellectual content of the collection emphasizes a common thread of social justice covering cultural, health, historical, political, psychological, racial, religious, philosophical and social aspects of society over a variety of subjects.

Visit www.PacificaRadioArchives.org for more information.


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In 2011, Pacifica Radio Archives received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to preserve 150 programs from our vaults, with preservation assistance from George Blood Audio and Video in Philadelphia, PA. The resulting collection encompasses an eclectic array of programs, some of which were only very recently discovered by PRA staff. Among some of the many highlights of the collection are a WBAI interview with Andy Warhol about his film Chelsea Girls shortly after the film’s...
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Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Pacifica station listeners, this one-year project brings to life fragile and deteriorating reel- to-reel tapes of national significance. Three categories of tapes were selected that highlight some of the strengths of our collection: • Pacifica and Politics : Pacifica’s extensive collection of political programs, covering a variety of topics such as Watergate, COINTELPRO, race and gender relations, featuring personalities...
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In 2013, the Pacifica Radio Archives received funding from the GRAMMY Foundation to preserve two significant series of tapes that were originally recorded at and broadcast on Pacifica’s New York station, WBAI-FM: The Free Music Store (1969-1975) and The Mind’s Eye Theatre (1966-1969). Sharing the belief that culture belongs to the people, these two programs brought the performing arts to audiences for free every week while collapsing distinctions between “high” and “low” culture....
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The Pacifica Radio Archives is one of the oldest and largest collections of non-commercial listener-sponsored public radio programs in world. Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts. The Pacifica Radio Archives appraise, collect, organize, describe, and preserve the creative work generated by, or...
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The Pacifica Radio Archives is host to an extensive collection of programs that have dealt with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, including what we believe to be the first radio program to explicitly address the topic from 1958. That program and others are featured in this collection, whose preservation and access were coordinated between New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate school program, the University of California, Berkeley Moffitt...