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WHAS Radio Historical Collection

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Abstract

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Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1936

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1937

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1938

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1939

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1940

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1941

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1942

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1943

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1944

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1945

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1946

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1947

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1948

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1949

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1950

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1951

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1952

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1953

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1954

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1955 -1967

Original Reel-To-Reel Audio Tape Recordings 1954 - 1981

Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1936 - 1968



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Collection Overview

Title: WHAS Radio Historical Collection, 1936-1967Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: WHAS (Radio station: Louisville, Ky.)

Extent: 0.0

Arrangement: Arrangement is chiefly chronological by year, with a numbering system provided by WHAS.

Subjects: Appalachia -- Education., Louisville (Ky.), Radio broadcasting -- Kentucky -- History., Radio in education -- Kentucky., Radio programs, Public service -- Kentucky., Radio programs -- Kentucky., University of Kentucky.

Languages: English

Abstract

WHAS was the first licensed radio station in Kentucky when it started broadcasting on July 18, 1922. Early programming included news and sports coverage. The station aired the first live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on May 16, 1925. It was originally part of the Bingham family owned Louisville media empire which most notably included the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times.

The station joined with the University of Kentucky in 1929 to broadcast university programming and to create “listening centers” throughout eastern Kentucky.  Broadcasted programs were educational in nature and included music and agricultural news.  Utilizing donated battery-powered radios, the centers enabled citizens of remote areas in eastern Kentucky to receive radio service. (Shadburne, Bettie. (2000). WHAS.  In The Encyclopedia of Louisville. (Pages 935-936). University of Kentucky Press.)

During the 1937 Ohio River flood, the station provided non-stop news coverage, transmitting commercial-free for weeks. During this period, WHAS relayed over 115,000 messages to rescue crews as many civil agencies had no other means of communication. On March 29, 1941 the station moved to its current frequency of 840 kilocycles on the AM band and was granted clear-channel status by the Federal Communications Commission making it the only station in the country allowed to use that frequency.

In March of 1970 WHAS began broadcasting 24 hours a day. (Shadburne, Bettie. (2000). WHAS.  In The Encyclopedia of Louisville. (Pages 935-936). University of Kentucky Press.)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of audio recordings of programs broadcast by Louisville radio station WHAS. The collection is especially strong in documenting a wide range of state, national, and world political figures and news events during the late 1930s, throughout the 1940s, and into the middle 1950s. Entertainment programs include soap operas, musical variety shows, country music, and sporting events such as the Kentucky Derby.

Follow links in each Series list to listen to program recordings.

Subject/Index Terms

Appalachia -- Education.
Louisville (Ky.)
Radio broadcasting -- Kentucky -- History.
Radio in education -- Kentucky.
Radio programs, Public service -- Kentucky.
Radio programs -- Kentucky.
University of Kentucky.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Recordings can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no known restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite all references to this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Item Description], WHAS Radio Historical Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid was completely revised by Sound Archivist Harry Rice and Student Assistant Samantha Sise during the Summer 2018. It had originally been created in April 2014 by John Bondurant, Sound Preservation & Access Specialist, and Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist.

Other Note:

Follow links in each Series list to listen to program recordings

Collection Number: BCA 0216 HC 41


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[Series 2: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1937],
[Series 3: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1938],
[Series 4: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1939],
[Series 5: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1940],
[Series 6: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1941],
[Series 7: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1942],
[Series 8: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1943],
[Series 9: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1944],
[Series 10: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1945],
[Series 11: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1946],
[Series 12: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1947],
[Series 13: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1948],
[Series 14: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1949],
[Series 15: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1950],
[Series 16: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1951],
[Series 17: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1952],
[Series 18: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1953],
[Series 19: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1954],
[Series 20: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1955 -1967],
[Series 21: Original Reel-To-Reel Audio Tape Recordings 1954 - 1981],
[Series 22: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1936 - 1968],
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Series 1: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1936Add to your cart.
This series contains recordings of radio programs broadcast by WHAS during 1936.
Item 1: WS-ET-36000 / 001Add to your cart.

000  John Young Brown 7-30-36 St. Matthews, KY  [Part I of II]

001  J.C.W. Beckham 7-30-36 [Part I of II]

Item 2: WS-ET-36002 / 003Add to your cart.

002  John Young Brown 7-30-36 St. Matthews, KY art 2)

003  J.C.W. Beckham 7-30-36 (Part 2)

Item 3: WS-ET-36010 / 011Add to your cart.
010     011  U.S. Senator M.M. Logan, July 25, 1936, Mayfield, KY   (Both Sides)
Item 4: WS-ET-36012 / 013Add to your cart.
012     013  Senator M.M. Logan, July 25, 1936, Mayfield, KY  (Both Sides)
Item 5: WS-ET-36019 / 020Add to your cart.

019  Les Hernden [Heft and Theft comedy show "Paul Revere"]

020-03   Three Little Maids [Musical Variety featuring mountain songs]

Item 6: WS-ET-36021 / 022Add to your cart.
022  Brooks and Pierson Radio Team Parts I  & II [vocal music // 021 comedy]
Item 7: WS-ET-36024 / 025Add to your cart.

024   "Greetings from Old Kentucky", Harry Curry- Medley  1-23-36  Broadcast by WABC

025   "Greetings from Old Kentucky", Kate Smith- "Moon Comes Over Mountain"  1-23-36  Broadcast by WABC

Item 8: WS-ET-36026Add to your cart.
026   Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company Presents "The Kentucky Derby" (1936).  (PRE DERBY ONLY) Commentator Bryan Field With Interviews and Comments on Possible Entries 4-28-36.
Item 9: WS-ET-36028 / 029Add to your cart.

028   Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company Presents "The Kentucky Derby".  (PRE DERBY ONLY) Commentator Bryan Field.  Preliminaries Part II  5-2-36 (Playing My Old Kentucky Home)

029   After the Race 5-2-36

Item 10: WS-ET-36030 / 031Add to your cart.

030 Oertel's "Here's To You" #17 7-2-36 Part I

031 Oertel's "Here's To You" #17 7-2-36 Part II

Item 11: WS-ET-36034 / 035Add to your cart.

034 John Young Brown 7-23-36 Part I

035 Ralph Gilbert for J.C.W. Beckham 7-23-36 Part I

Item 12: WS-ET-36036 / 037Add to your cart.

036 John Young Brown 7-23-36 Part II

037 Ralph Gilbert  for J.C.W. Beckham 7-23-36 Part II

Item 13: WS-ET-36038 / 039Add to your cart.

038 John Young Brown 7-31-36 Part I, New Castle, KY

039 Peter Campbell & Sam Caddy for J.C.W. Beckham 7-30-36 Part I, Frankfort, KY

Item 14: WS-ET-36040 / 041Add to your cart.

040 John Young Brown 7-31-36 Part II, New Castle, KY

041 Peter Campbell & Sam Caddy for J.C.W. Beckham 7-30-36 Part II, Frankfort, KY

Item 15: WS-ET-36042 / 043Add to your cart.

042 L.C. Willis, Landon for Labor Club 9-19-36

043 Sam Caddy 9-18-36 Part I

Item 16: WS-ET-36044 / 045Add to your cart.

044 Labor Non Partisan League For Roosevelt 10-3-36 Lexington, KY Part I

045 Sam Caddy 9-18-36 Part II

Item 17: WS-ET-36048 / 049Add to your cart.

048 Labor Non Partisan League for Roosevelt 10-3-36, Lexington, KY, John Y. Brown MC.  Part I

049 U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky E.W. Creal 10-6-36 Democratic Campaign Committee

Item 18: WS-ET-36050 / 051Add to your cart.

050 Lt. Governor Keen Johnson 10-2-36 [For voter registration and M.M. Logan and FDR]

051 John Y. Brown [Labor Nonpartisan League support of FDR] 9-18-36

Item 19: WS-ET-36054 / 055Add to your cart.

054 Oertel's "Here's To You" [#14, Side 1, n.d.]

055 Oertel's "Here's To You" [#15, Side 2, n.d.]

Item 20: WS-ET-36056 / 057Add to your cart.

056 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #45, 12-10-36  Part I

057 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #43, 12-3-36 Part II

Item 21: WS-ET-36058 / 059Add to your cart.

058 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #46, 12-17-36 Part I

059 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #47, 12-24-36 Part II

Item 22: WS-ET-36060 / 061Add to your cart.

060 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #48, 12-31-36 Part II

061 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #49, 1-7-37 Part II

Item 23: WS-ET-36062 / 063Add to your cart.

062 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #45, 12-10-36 Part II

063 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #44, 12-3-36 Part I

Item 24: WS-ET-36064Add to your cart.
064 "Chats with Dolly Dean" [Home Cooking Show] Part I 12-4-36  #16
Item 25: WS-ET-36066 / 067Add to your cart.

066 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #48, 12-31-36 Part I

067 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #49, 1-7-37 Part I

Item 26: WS-ET-36068 / 069Add to your cart.

068 Gov. A.B. Chandler 7-28-36 Winchester, KY, Part I

069 John Y. Brown 7-29-36 Lebanon, KY, Part II

Item 27: WS-ET-36070 / 071Add to your cart.

070 Gov. A.B. Chandler 7-28-36 Winchester, KY, Part II

071 John Y. Brown 7-29-36 Lebanon, KY, Part I

Item 28: WS-ET-36072 / 073Add to your cart.

072 Gov. A.B. Chandler 10-26-36 Bardstown, KY for FDR [Part III]

073 Gov. A.B. Chandler 10-26-36 Bardstown, KY for FDR, Part I

Item 29: WS-ET-36074 / 075Add to your cart.

074 Gov. A.B. Chandler 10-26-36 Bardstown, KY for FDR Part II

075 Labor Non Partisan League; Peter Campbell for FDR 10-27-36

Item 30: WS-ET-36076 / 077Add to your cart.

076 M.M. Logan 7-30-36 Frankfort, KY, Part I

077 M.M. Logan 7-30-36 Frankfort, KY, Part III

Item 31: WS-ET-36078 / 079Add to your cart.

078 Hank Keene & His Radio Gang 12-12-36 (Includes Commercials for Crazy Water products)

079  "Weird Tales" (no date)

Item 32: WS-ET-36080 / 081Add to your cart.
080   081  Sample: Buddy Brock (announcer audition)  Time // Temperature, Weather, Local Commercials, Sign-Off  11-11-21-36  Part I & II

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[Series 6: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1941],
[Series 7: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1942],
[Series 8: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1943],
[Series 9: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1944],
[Series 10: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1945],
[Series 11: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1946],
[Series 12: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1947],
[Series 13: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1948],
[Series 14: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1949],
[Series 15: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1950],
[Series 16: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1951],
[Series 17: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1952],
[Series 18: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1953],
[Series 19: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1954],
[Series 20: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1955 -1967],
[Series 21: Original Reel-To-Reel Audio Tape Recordings 1954 - 1981],
[Series 22: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1936 - 1968],
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