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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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1936],
[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 2: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1937Add to your cart.
This series contains Electrical Transcription Disc Recordings of Radio Programs Broadcast By WHAS in 1937.
Item 1: WS-ET-37000 / 001Add to your cart.

000 Oertel's "Here's To You" 3-18-37 Part I

001 Oertel's "Here's To You" 3-18-37 Part II

Item 2: WS-ET-37002 / 003Add to your cart.

002 Oertel's "Here's To You" 5-11-37 #66 Part I [partial program and test tone sweep]

003 Oertel's "Here's To You" (no date) Part II

Item 3: WS-ET-37010 / 011Add to your cart.

010 Oertel's "Here's To You"  1-14-37 Part I

011 Oertel's "Here's To You" 2-25-37  Part I

Item 4: WS-ET-37012 / 013Add to your cart.

012 Oertel's "Here's To You" 4-1-37 #60 Part I [April Fools Show]

013 Oertel's "Here's To You" 4-1-37 #60 Part II [April Fools Show]

Item 5: WS-ET-37014 / 015Add to your cart.

014 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program # 51 [Western Night]; 1-21-37  [Part II]

015 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #56; 3-4-37  Part II

Item 6: WS-ET-37016 / 017Add to your cart.

016 Oertel's "Here's To You"  1-21-37 [Program #51 (Western Night), Part I] [Mention of Ohio River flood emergency]

017 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #56; 3-4-37 Part I

Item 7: WS-ET-37018Add to your cart.
018 Oertel's "Here's To You"  Program #57; 3-11-37  Part I
Item 8: WS-ET-37020 / 021Add to your cart.

020 Oertel's "Here's To You"  Program #68; 5-25-37  Part I

021 Oertel's "Here's To You" 5-25-37 Part II #68

Item 9: WS-ET-37022 / 023Add to your cart.

022 Oertel's "Here's To You" [Program #69] 6-1-37  Part I

023 Oertel's "Here's To You" [Program #69] 6-1-37  Part II

Item 10: WS-ET-37024 / 025Add to your cart.

024 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #70; 6-8-37  Part I

025 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #70; 6-8-37  Part II

Item 11: WS-ET-37026 / 027Add to your cart.

026 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #71; 6-15-37  Part I

027 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #71; 6-15-37  Part II

Item 12: WS-ET-37028 / 029Add to your cart.

028 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #75; 7-13-37  Part I

029 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #75; 7-13-37  Part II

Item 13: WS-ET-37030 / 031Add to your cart.

030 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #79; 8-4-37  Part I

031 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #79; 8-4-37  Part II

Item 14: WS-ET-37032 / 033Add to your cart.

032 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #48 8-24-37  Part II

033 Oertel's "Here's To You" Program #47 8-1-37 Part I

Item 15: WS-ET-37040 / 041Add to your cart.

040 "Western Rangers" 5-26-37

041 "Fall's City Frolic" 5-26-37

Item 16: WS-ET-37042 / 043Add to your cart.

042 John Y. Brown 7-24-37, [campaigning for Francis M. Burke, Attorney General, and Paul Sidebottom, State Senate] Owenton, KY, Part I

043  John Y. Brown 7-31-37, Springfield, KY, Part II

Item 17: WS-ET-37044 / 045Add to your cart.

044 John Y. Brown 7-24-37, [campaigning for Francis M. Burke, Attorney General, and Paul Sidebottom, State Senate] Owenton, KY, Part II

045 John Y. Brown 7-31-37, Springfield, KY, Part I

Item 18: WS-ET-37046 / 047Add to your cart.

046 [Joseph D.] Scholtz - Candidate For Mayor- 8-7-37

047 Joseph W. Lawton on the Registration Bill  2-17-38

Item 19: WS-ET-37048 / 049Add to your cart.

048 Democratic Campaign Committee - L.R. Curtis and Shackelford Miller, Jr. [campaigning for Joseph D. Scholtz - mention of flood related rebuilding] 10-28-37 Part I

049 Democratic Campaign Committee - Mayor Neville Miller's Speech  10-30-37

Item 20: WS-ET-37050 / 051Add to your cart.

050 Democratic Campaign Committee - L.R. Curtis and Shackelford Miller, Jr. [campaigning for Joseph D. Scholtz]  10-28-37 Part II

051 Assistant Attorney General A.E. Funk [proposed KY voter registration law] 2-17-37  Part I

Item 21: WS-ET-37052 / 053Add to your cart.

052 Republican Campaign Committee - J.D. Stewart  11-1-37

053 Joseph D. Sholtz - Democratic Campaign Committee  11-1-37

Item 22: WS-ET-37054 / 055Add to your cart.

054 Democratic Campaign Committee 7-31-37  Part I [Gov. A.B. Chandler, Owenton, KY]

055  Democratic Campaign Committee  7-31-37 Part III [Gov. A.B. Chandler, Owenton, KY]

Item 23: WS-ET-37056 / 057Add to your cart.

056 Democratic Campaign Committee 7-31-37  Part II [Gov. A.B. Chandler, Owenton, KY]

057 Democratic Campaign Committee  7-31-37 Part IV [Gov. A.B. Chandler, Owenton, KY]

Item 24: WS-ET-37058 / 059Add to your cart.

058 "The-Man-On-Street-Broadcast" (Joe Wheeler)  11-15-37

059 "The-Man-On-Street-Broadcast" (Joe Wheeler)  11-17-37

Item 25: WS-ET-37060Add to your cart.
060 "Golden Gloves"- Pete Monroe; National Theater  1-15-37 [Welterweight Division - Norman Baird // Gene Allen; Roy Minks // Charles Russell Varner; Wheaties Commercial]
Item 26: WS-ET-37062 / 063Add to your cart.

062 Leland Brock--News  9-23-37

063"Western Union Salute" (Organ and Violin Music by Herbie Koch & Charles Hurta; Foster Brooks, announcer.)

Item 27: WS-ET-37064 / 065Add to your cart.

064 ['Music For Your Taste' sponsored by Falls City Beer - featuring Marshall Roberts Orchestra, Bill Hawley, Frances King]

065 1937 Flood Dramatization Broadcast [on CBS  awarding Columbia Medal for Contribution to Radio Arts to WHAS for their work during the January 1937 Ohio River flood] 3-2-37 Part I

Item 28: WS-ET-37066Add to your cart.
066 1937 Flood Dramatization Broadcast [on CBS  awarding Columbia Medal for Contribution to Radio Arts to WHAS for their work during the January 1937 Ohio River flood] 3-2-37 Part II
Item 29: WS-ET-37068Add to your cart.
068 "Louisville Marches On" (Current Popular Music) 2-17-37
Item 30: WS-ET-37070 / 071Add to your cart.

070 Organ Melodies, including "Gypsy", "Impromptu", "Love For Sale", "The Song Is Ended", I've "Got You Under My Skin"  3-7-37

071 Oertel's "Here's To You"  Program #112  Part II [n.d.]

Item 31: WS-ET-37072 / 073Add to your cart.

072 WHAS Feed to CBS, Opening of Studios  10-3-37 [featuring Foster Brooks, Barry Bingham SR]

073 Opening of New Transmitter  1-31-38  Eastwood, KY Part I

Item 32: WS-ET-37074 / 075Add to your cart.
074   075   Melvin Dupree and His Melody Rangeriders (2 fifteen minute programs, no sponsor, no date.  Announcer says coming from studios of WAVE.)
Item 33: WS-ET-37076 / 077Add to your cart.

076 "High Cards In the Derby Deck" Brown and Williamson, Ned R. Lowry, Foster Brooks [NBC Blue Network radio]  5-7-37

077 Kentucky Derby  5-8-37 called by Clem McCarthy


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1936],
[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],
[All]


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