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WHAS Radio Historical Collection

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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 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 7: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1942Add to your cart.
This series contains recordings of radio programs broadcast by WHAS during 1942
Item 1: WS-ET-42008Add to your cart.
008 George Walsh with Lashley Quads [quadruplets] - First Birthday Party  2-23-42 [sponsored by Kentucky Central Life & Accident Insurance Co.]
Item 2: WS-ET-42011Add to your cart.
011 8th Infantry Division, U.S. Army radio program, "Hello Back Home." Includes brief history of Division and soldiers sending greetings back home, recorded at Camp Shelby, MS. [38th Division U.S. Army // Radio Bureau // 217-A // Public Relations Off(ice) // Talent Kentucky Susa?? // Div Artilery [sic] // Produced July (1942) // Time 14:55]
Item 3: WS-ET-42012 / 013Add to your cart.

012 President Roosevelt  2-23-42  Part II.  Fireside Chat. Includes extensive comments refuting rumors overstating the severity of Pearl Harbor losses

013 Radio address under the auspices of the Instititute of Pacific Relations by Walter Nash, Minister from New Zealand to the U.S. telling of his country's contribution to the war effort [2-42]

Item 4: WS-ET-42020 / 021Add to your cart.

020 WHAS Twentieth Anniversary Program  6-25-42  Part I

021 First few minutes of introduction for  6-25-42 Part  I

Item 5: WS-ET-42022Add to your cart.
022 WHAS Twentieth Anniversary Program  6-25-42  Part II  [features re-creation of 1937 flood coverage]
Item 6: WS-ET-42024Add to your cart.
024 [WHAS] Twentieth Anniversary Program  6-25-42  Part II
Item 7: WS-ET-42025Add to your cart.
025 Senator Chandler Speech  7-22-42  Part II
Item 8: WS-ET-42028Add to your cart.
028  Keen Johnson  7-29-42  Speaking in support of  A.B. "Happy" Chandler's election to the U.S Senate.
Item 9: WS-ET-42032Add to your cart.
032  U.S. Army Radio Bureau: "Here Comes the 38th (Band, Dance, Interview, Talent)  8-13-42 [38th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, Camp Shelby, MS]
Item 10: WS-ET-42034Add to your cart.
034 U.S. Army Radio Bureau (no date) ["Hello Back Home" radio show #61 in series from 38th Division, Camp Shelby, MS - features Army Air Corps demonstration, Artillery Division Band performance, and greetings to hometown folks.
Item 11: WS-ET-42035Add to your cart.
035 Camp Shelby  (no date)  Part II, 223-A [38th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, Camp Shelby, MS] [excerpt of show with G.I. led jazz combo playing "Ain't Misbehavin'"]
Item 12: WS-ET-42036Add to your cart.
036 38th [Infantry] Division U.S. Army Radio Bureau: "Here Comes the 38th" [#63, 239-A]  8-13-42  Part II [features piano soloist, dance big band, string band entertainment].
Item 13: WS-ET-42037Add to your cart.
037 Camp Shelby  (no date) #64, 224-A  Part III [38th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, Camp Shelby, MS]
Item 14: WS-ET-42038 / 039Add to your cart.

038  Address by Wendell Willkie, Shrine Auditorium, LA  7-19-42

039  "The Goldbergs"  Part #36  8-17-42

Item 15: WS-ET-42040 / 041Add to your cart.

040 J. Ross Todd  8-27-42  Part II  [Jouett Ross Todd, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, 3rd District of KY]

041 "The Goldbergs"  Part #47  9-1-42 [War related story content and DUZ Detergent commercial]

Item 16: WS-ET-42042 / 043Add to your cart.

042 President Roosevelt and Princess Martha of Norway  9-16-42 [presentation of submarine chaser PC-467 to Norway as part of the Lend-Lease. Features FDR's "Look To Norway" speech, part 1]

043 Dr. [John Ward] Studebaker - Public Affairs  9-11-42 [US Commissioner of Education talking about schoolchildren gathering scrap material for war production, introduced by Ernest Kanzler of the War Production Board]

Item 17: WS-ET-42044 / 045Add to your cart.

044 President Roosevelt and Princess Martha of Norway  9-16-42 [presentation of submarine chaser PC-467 to Norway as part of the Lend-Lease. Features FDR's "Look To Norway" speech, part 2] [continues with Columbia Symphony Orchestra under direction of Bernard Herrmann performing McDowell's "Woodland Sketches"]

045 Lt. Gen. George H. Brett Speaking For Lt. Gen. Henry H. Arnold  9-7-42  Part I [Labor Day speech before the AFL//CIO]

Item 18: WS-ET-42046 / 047Add to your cart.

046 Victory Begins At Home  9-30-42 - Arthur Godfrey sings and tells of the contribution of U.S. Naval carrier based air units in fighting the Japanese

047 Dan Tobin (Teamsters Union President) on labor union activity and working conditions in wartime England. 9-26-42 Part I.

Item 19: WS-ET-42048 / 049Add to your cart.

048 Emmet O'Neal [KY 3rd District Democratic U.S. Representative for reelection speaking about War effort] 10-22-42

049 "Hobby Lobby"  10-3-42  Part I [Palmolive Soap and Shaving Cream].

Item 20: WS-ET-42050 / 051Add to your cart.

050 President Roosevelt  10-13-42  Part I

051 President Roosevelt  10-13-42  Part II:  Excerpts from radio address describing his recent fact finding trip around the country.

Item 21: WS-ET-42052 / 053Add to your cart.

052 "The Goldbergs"  Part #86  10-26-42

053 King Peter [II of Yugoslavia. Remarks read on the occasion of an exhibition of Slav art by Freedom House by Vladimir Milenovic, Jan Masaryk of the Czech Goverment, New Zealand correspondent Jeffery S. Cox, introduced by CBS correspondent Lee White] 10-23-42  Part I

Item 22: WS-ET-42054 / 055Add to your cart.

054 War Fund Drive- General [Charles L.] Scott and Sgt. [Alvin]York  10-20-42  Part II

055 Raymond Scott CBS Program [music]10-21-42

Item 23: WS-ET-42056 / 057Add to your cart.

056 King Peter [II of Yugoslavia. Remarks read on the occasion of an exhibition of Slav art by Freedom House by New Zealand correspondent Jeffery S. Cox, Dr. Jan Papanek of Czech Information Service introduced by CBS correspondent Lee White]  10-23-42  Part II

057-01 War Fund Drive- General [Charles L.] Scott and Sgt. York  10-20-42  Part III

Item 24: WS-ET-42058Add to your cart.
058  Claude R. Wickard - Secretary of Agriculture RE Voluntary Meat Rationing  10-25-42  Part I of II  I27
Item 25: WS-ET-42060Add to your cart.
060 Claude R. Wickard -Secretary of Agriculture Re: Voluntary Meat Rationing  10-25-42  Part II of II
Item 26: WS-ET-42062 / 063Add to your cart.

062 Jouett R. Todd (Political)  10-24-42  Part II

063 Raymond Scott CBS Program [music] 10-26-42  Program #18

Item 27: WS-ET-42064 / 065Add to your cart.

064 Governor Keen Johnson [speaking on behalf of Democratic candidates for U.S. Congress] 10-29-42  Owensboro, KY  Part I

065 Jouett R. Todd [Republican candidate for KY 3rd District, US Congress]  10-24-42  Part I.

Item 28: WS-ET-42066 / 067Add to your cart.

066 Wendell Willkie  10-26-42  Part I  [reporting on his world trip]

067 "The Goldbergs"  Part #87  10-27-42

Item 29: WS-ET-42068 / 069Add to your cart.

068 Wendell Willkie  10-26-42  Part II [reporting on his world trip]

069  "The Goldbergs"  Part #88  10-28-42

Item 30: WS-ET-42070 / 071Add to your cart.

070 Jan Savitt [and his Orchestra] [Hotel Astor, New York City] (no date) [music]

071 George Walsh [interview of University of Iowa Navy Pre-Flight School football coach Lt. Col. Bernie Bierman] 10-31-42

Item 31: WS-ET-42072 / 073Add to your cart.

072 Prize Presentations- Kentucky Newspapers' Scrap Metal Drive  11-10-42  Part I

073  Walter Gross Orchestra  11-5-42

Item 32: WS-ET-42074 / 075Add to your cart.

074 President Roosevelt at Arlington Cemetery; Armistice Day  11-11-42

075 End of Prize Presentations- Kentucky Newspapers' Scrap Metal Drive

Item 33: WS-ET-42076 / 077Add to your cart.

076 "Bundles for Britain"- Mrs. [Winston] Churchill [+ Mrs. Robert Worth Bingham, interviewed by Janet Murrow re: civilian war relief] 11-12-42

077  Elmer Davis [Director of the US Office of War Information] [+ John Lawrence Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury] 11-17-42  Part II

Item 34: WS-ET-42078 / 079Add to your cart.

078 President Roosevelt [Herald-Tribune News Forum re: handling of war news] 11-17-42 

079 "The Goldbergs"  Part #102  11-17-42

Item 35: WS-ET-42080 / 081Add to your cart.

080 President Roosevelt - Thanksgiving Day Address  11-26-42  Part I

081  "Science and The War"  11-20-42  Part II

Item 36: WS-ET-42082 / 083Add to your cart.

082 Farm news: work of the Kentucky Agricultural Adjustment Agency - Flax and Hemp quotas for state farmers

083 Winston Churchill  11-29-42 [re: Allied El Alamein victory] Part I

Item 37: WS-ET-42084 / 085Add to your cart.

084 Winston Churchill  11-29-42  Part II

085  "The Goldbergs"  Part #103  11-19-42

Item 38: WS-ET-42086 / 087Add to your cart.

086 "Old Fashioned Rev. Hour"  12-6-42  Part I

087  "Old Fashioned Rev. Hour"  12-6-42  Part III

Item 39: WS-ET-42088 / 089Add to your cart.

088 "Old Fashioned Rev. Hour"  12-6-42  Part II

089  "Old Fashioned Rev. Hour"  12-6-42  Part IV

Item 40: WS-ET-42090 / 091Add to your cart.

090 Tube Turns [Inc.] Award [U.S. Maritime Commission 'M' Pennant and Flag], 12-18-42  Part I  [features music by U.S. Army Air Force Band]

091  Duke Ellington Music  12-17-42  Part I [Rhode Island State College Junior Prom, Biltmore Hotel Ballroom, Providence, RI]

Item 43: WS-ET-42098 / 099Add to your cart.

098  "American Farmer"  2-19-42  Part I [visit to Shelby County KY farm of Ed Wilson family, extensive subsistence farm operation]

099 President Roosevelt  2-23-42  Part III [report to the nation on War progress, mention of "four freedoms."]

Item 44: WS-ET-42102 / 103Add to your cart.

102 Dan Tobin  9-26-42  Part II  (Teamsters Union President) on labor union activity and working conditions in wartime England.

103 Boston Common Victory Garden Program  9-29-42 [Ernest Hoftyzer, Mayor Maurice J. Tobin, Youth On Parade Choristers, Dolf Martin ]

Item 45: WS-ET-42104 / 105Add to your cart.

104 "The Goldbergs"  Part #78  10-14-42

105  William M. Green- President of A.F.L. Toronto, Canada (no date)

Item 46: WS-ET-42106Add to your cart.
106 "American Farmer"  10-16-42  Part I  [re: scrap metal collection by Henry Clay HS, Shelby CO, KY students]
Item 47: WS-ET-42108 / 109Add to your cart.

108 Paul Cabot for the U.S. War Production Board on the importance to the war effort of collecting scrap of all kinds. 10-17-42

109 "Keep Working, Keep Singing America"  10-8-42:  [Sponsored by The House of Squibb, featuring Frank Parker, Squibb Chorus and Orchestra directed by Victor Bay].

Item 48: WS-ET-42110 / 111Add to your cart.

110 War Fund;[Maj.] General [Charles L.]Scott  10-20-42  Part I  [Louisville, KY]

111 "Keep Working, Keep Singing America"  10-21-42 [Sponsored by The House of Squibb, featuring Frank Parker, Elizabeth Newberger, Squibb Chorus and Orchestra directed by Victor Bay]

Item 49: WS-ET-42112 / 113Add to your cart.

113 Wendell Willkie  10-26-42  Part III

113  "American Farmer"  10-24-42  Part I - Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chesser re: operation of the their Fairfield, Nelson CO, KY farm

Item 50: WS-ET-42114 / 115Add to your cart.

114 Kentucky Scrap Drive: Presentation of Prizes  11-10-42  Part II

115 Farm Highlights  [Bourbon Stock Yards, Louisville, KY] 11-6-42

Item 51: WS-ET-42116 / 117Add to your cart.

116 Kentucky Scrap Drive: Presentation of Prizes  11-10-42  Part III - prizes to Calloway, Laurel, Whitley, Clark, and Powell counties

117 "Keep Working, Keep Singing America"  11-4-42 [Sponsored by The House of Squibb, featuring singing of Frank Parker,  Squibb Chorus and Orchestra directed by Victor Bay]

Item 52: WS-ET-42118 / 119Add to your cart.

118 Eleanor Roosevelt [Merchant Seaman Club dedication, Glasgow, Scotland]  11-11-42

119 Walter Gross Orchestra  11-12-42.


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[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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