In the paper I gave at ARSC, I included a call for a Radio Research
Interest Group for ARSC, one of whose aims would be to give input into
standards related to metadata of broadcasting works and their exemplars
(based in part of principles of the National Recording Preservation Plan's
goals of better cataloging practices for sound recordings and the
recommendation under 4.3 "A Coordinated National Collections Policy" for "a
subcommittee to develop strategies and tools to collect and preserve radio
Your proposed discography would be very useful as it would list commercial
publications of radio programs on disc, and would link them to their
original works and series. I hope you will consider publishing it to the
web as well as in book form (Scarecrow Press does this), and that you would
allow other parties to license your data for re-use in broader databases
(such as national discographies [NRPP Recommendation 3.1]).
Library of Congress
(not speaking for them).
On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM, Randy A. Riddle <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> I'm considering putting together a discography of old time radio broadcasts
> released on lp. I'd like some advice from folks in ARSC, particularly if
> you're in a library, archives or if you're a researcher on whether this
> would be a useful endeavor.
> Some background ….
> In the 70s and 80s, as part of the "nostalgia boom", several small labels
> popped up releasing old time radio broadcasts on lps. Some were widely
> distributed through mail order and retail outlets, such as releases from
> Goldin's Radiola, Mark 56, Nostalgia Lane and Murray Hill. Many others
> were put out by otr enthusiasts in limited runs.
> Although many otr broadcasts are floating around at archive.org and other
> sites, these lps do contain better quality or more complete versions of
> broadcasts and some that have never made it to digital.
> The lps often have no information on the disc or cover about the particular
> episode of a program. If the particular broadcast can be identified, it
> might have been done from a tape dub floating around or original
> transcriptions and might be altered or incomplete.
> The discography would describe in detail the contents of each lp, noting
> the sound quality or any problems with the material. In addition, it would
> cross-reference different releases of the same broadcasts.
> I've managed to gather a fairly large collection of these lps, but would
> probably need to fill out some gaps in my collection, so this would take
> some time to pull together.
> I'm at a point where I've been informally putting together notes on these
> discs for my own research, wondering if a discography like this would be
> more broadly useful and the kind of interest there might be in it.
> I've considered three different outlets for the discography. I could put
> it together as a website, an ebook I might sell through Amazon, or try to
> submit it to a publisher like Macfarland.
> I don't want to reformat all the information at a later time - a blog,
> ebook or publisher manuscript - would be assembled differently. My
> question, if you think this would be useful, would be what you think the
> best outlet might be so I can figure out the best format to put together
> the information.
> The scope of the discography would be complete broadcasts or significant
> broadcast excerpts on lp discs and wouldn't include the many compilations
> of songs drawn from different broadcasts that are probably highlighted in
> artist or genre discographies. However, it would include discs that might
> contain a complete broadcast or band remote, for example. It would also
> include some lps issued before the 70s, such as lp releases of the CBC
> McCarthy-era drama "The Investigator" or Columbia issues of episodes of
> "You Are There".
> Randy A. Riddle
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