I've been asked to post the responses I received about the whereabouts of any recordings of the "Hear it Now" radio program. Below are those responses. Thanks again!
Curator of Visual & Audio Collections
Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68501
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I'm Chuck Howell, Curator of the Library of American
Broadcasting at the University of Maryland. I'm writing to
let you know that we have 19 "Hear It Now" programs in our
holdings. They are spread over about 9 1/2 months, from
12/15/50 (the premiere) to 9/4/51. For more info you can
visit our website at www.lib.umd.edu/LAB and view the
individual listings. Just select the audio index in our
search engine drop down menu and type "Hear it Now" in the
I have recordings of these programs. However, a low gen copy or even possibly the masters were in the collection of John Hickman. His collection was donated to the archives at American University in Washington, D.C. I hope this helps.
Maybe a lead at the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/research/formats/film-sound-video-catalogs.html
Milo Ryan Phonoarchive Collection Catalog (RG 200 MR)
This catalog describes 5,000 recordings primarily of CBS-KIRO radio broadcasts from 1931 to 1977, which were originally maintained at the University of Washington. The collection consists of news and public affairs programs, actualities, speeches, interviews, wartime dramas and daily World War II news programs. Two finding aids are available: History in Sound: A Descriptive Listing of KIRO-CBS Collection of Broadcasts of the WWII Years (1963) and History in Sound: Part II (1972). Catalog cards contain brief content summaries, and are more detailed than the published guides. Most entries are available on reel-to-reel reference tapes.
Also a few "hear it now" hits in the NARA ARC catalog:
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4660
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