“Podcasts are luring people into listening,” Jennifer Waits reports, quoting the esteemed radio scholar Susan Douglas, from her keynote address at the recent Radio Preservation Task Force conference in Washington DC. Jennifer also relays some important reasons for studying radio history shared at the conference, especially to help understand the present and plan for the future, and she fills us in about efforts to preserve the early history and recordings of podcasts, as well as women’s pivotal role in the medium.
Then we discuss Jennifer’s annual charting of the stations that will observe the Thanksgiving tradition of playing Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” and a mysterious 1970s public access TV artifact depicting a pirate radio station that once broadcast from Paul’s Portland, OR neighborhood.
- Radio Preservation Task Force
- The Library of Congress Launches Radio Preservation Task Force
- Podcast #37: Preservation, Pirates and Radionomy
- Podcast #40: Radio Treasure Hunt
- College Radio Watch: Preserving College Radio’s History at the RPTF Conference
- Radio Preservation Task Force Announces Radio History Conference in DC in November
- Sounding Out!
- Sounding Out! Podcast Episode Guide
- Radio Atlas
- Alice’s Restaurant on the Radio (Radio Survivor archives)
- Alice’s Restaurant and more 2017 Thanksgiving Broadcasts
- Public Access TV Archive Documents 1970s Portland Pirate Radio
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