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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 8: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1943Add to your cart.
This series contains recordings of radio programs broadcast by WHAS during 1943
Item 1: WS-ET-43000 / 001Add to your cart.

000 "Are You A Genius" [MC Ernest Chappell, quiz show, "How far away is the moon?" 1-12-43  Part I of I

001 Farm Mobilization Day Presentation. Roosevelt  1-12-43  Part II

Item 2: WS-ET-43002 / 003Add to your cart.

002 Old Fashioned Revival Hour [Rev. Charles E. Fuller] 1-3-43 Part I

003 Old Fashioned Revival Hour [Rev. Charles E. Fuller] 1-3-43 Part IV.

Item 3: WS-ET-43004 / 005Add to your cart.

004 Old Fashioned Rev. Hour  1-3-43  Part II

005 Old Fashioned Rev. Hour  1-3-43  Part IV

Item 4: WS-ET-43006 / 007Add to your cart.

006 Speech of L.W. Brockington - Introduction by Mark Ethridge [Courier-Journal Publisher] 1-6-43  Part I of V [speaking in Louisville KY on life in wartime Britain]

007 L.W. Brockington Speech [speaking in Louisville KY on life in wartime Britain] 1-6-43  Part III of V

Item 5: WS-ET-43008 / 009Add to your cart.

008 L.W. Brockington  1-6-43  Part II of V [speaking in Louisville KY on life in wartime Britain] 

009  Cab Calloway [and The Cotton Club Orchestra at Frank Daily's Meadowbrook, Cedar Grove, NJ] 1-5-43  Part II.

Item 6: WS-ET-43012Add to your cart.
012  Xavier Cugat (Latin American Music) 1-5-43  Part I of II
Item 7: WS-ET-43014 / 015Add to your cart.

014 Xavier Cugat (Latin American Music) 1-5-43  Part I  [different from WS-ET-43012]

015 President Roosevelt to Congress  1-7-43 Part I

Item 8: WS-ET-43016 / 017Add to your cart.

016 Guy Lombardo (Orchestra)[The Royal Canadians] at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City  [January]1943

017 President Roosevelt to Congress  1-7-43  Part IV

Item 9: WS-ET-43018 / 019Add to your cart.

018 "Mother and Dad" [Daytime music variety program, sponsored by Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Brackenridge, PA] 1-12-43

019  Farm Mobilization Day  1-12-43  Part III

Item 10: WS-ET-43020 / 021Add to your cart.

020 "One Hundred Million Questions"  1-14-43 [Dramatization of how wartime price controls are administered with John Kenneth Galbraith

021 Vaughn Monroe and Orchestra [featuring Ziggy Talent,Marilyn Duke] 1-13-43 Part II

Item 11: WS-ET-43022 / 023Add to your cart.

022 Marshall Roberts Orchestra 2:30AM 1-24-43  Part II

023  "The Goldbergs"  1-25-43  Part #151

Item 12: WS-ET-43024 / 025Add to your cart.

024 Bob Hutsell Orchestra  1-25-43  Part II

025 Ina Ray Hutton and Orchestra (Big Band) 2-1-43

Item 13: WS-ET-43030 / 031Add to your cart.

030 Del Courtney Orchestra 2-11-43  Part II

031 President Roosevelt  2-12-43  Part II Portion of a Lincoln Day Address to White House Correspondents' Association on war progress.

Item 14: WS-ET-43034 / 035Add to your cart.

034 President Roosevelt  2-12-43  Part III: Portion of a Lincoln Day Address to the White House Correspondents' Association on the progress of the War (Refers to the Casablanca Conference and unconditional surrender policy)

035  "The Commandos"  2-14-43  Part II: Dramatization.  Includes "commercial" urging on homemakers re: importance of saving cooking fats for use in explosive and medicinal products.

Item 15: WS-ET-43038Add to your cart.
038 Paul V. McNutt [Chairman of the War Manpower Commission, Convention of the Air to National School Administrators group] 3-25-43  Part I of I.
Item 16: WS-ET-43043Add to your cart.
043 President Roosevelt Speech, Part III [and] "Invitation to Music" program featuring Harvard Glee Club [and Radcliffe Choral Society], Part I 4-20-43.
Item 17: WS-ET-43044 / 045Add to your cart.

044 President Roosevelt [cooperation between US and Mexico for the war]  4-20-43  Part II

045 Carmen Cavallero Orchestra [Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC] 4-21-43  Part II

Item 18: WS-ET-43048Add to your cart.
048 Ben Kilgore [Democratic candidate for Kentucky Governor] 4-19-43  Part II
Item 19: WS-ET-43050 / 051Add to your cart.

050 "Are You A Genius" [MC Ernest Chappell, daytime quiz and music entertainment] 4-15-43  Part I of I

051 President Roosevelt [dedication of Jefferson Memorial] 4-13-43  Part I of I.

Item 20: WS-ET-43052 / 053Add to your cart.

052 "The Goldbergs"  Part #222  5-4-43

053 President Roosevelt [Fireside Chat, On the Coal Crisis] 5-2-43  Part I.

Item 21: WS-ET-43054 / 055Add to your cart.

054 Prime Minister Churchill  5-19-43  Part II:  Portion of address to a joint session of the U.S. House and Senate

055  "Congress Speaks"  5-18-43  Part I:  Sen. Edward Robertson, R. WY, against President Roosevelt and the New Deal generally in the 1944 elections.

Item 22: WS-ET-43056 / 057Add to your cart.

056  Prime Minister Winston Churchill  5-19-43  Part IV: Portion of address to a joint session of the U.S. House and Senate

057 Edwin C. Hill  5-18-43  Part I: News and commentary Re: national political issues and progress of the war.

Item 23: WS-ET-43065Add to your cart.
065 "Suspense"  (Mystery Drama) 6-8-43  Part II.  "Five Canaries in the Room" starring Lee Bowman.
Item 24: WS-ET-43066 / 067Add to your cart.

066 "This Life Is Mine"  #30  4-30-43 [Patriotic Soap Opera]

067  President Roosevelt  6-7-43 [On the Conclusion of the First United Nations Conference on Agriculture.

Item 25: WS-ET-43068 / 069Add to your cart.

068 "Suspense" with Laird Cregar  [Mystery Drama, "The Last Letter of Dr. Bronson" 7-27-43  Part I]

069 President Roosevelt [Fireside Chat - On Progress of War and Plans for Peace] 7-28-43  Part I of II

Item 26: WS-ET-43070 / 071Add to your cart.

070 President Roosevelt [Fireside Chat - On Progress of War and Plans for Peace] 7-28-43  -  Part II

071 Bobby Sherwood Orchestra  7-27-43  Part I

Item 27: WS-ET-43073Add to your cart.
073 Shep Fields and Orchestra  [1943]
Item 28: WS-ET-43074 / 075Add to your cart.

074 President Roosevelt [Fireside Chat - Opening Third War Loan Drive]  9-8-43  Part I of I

075 Joe and Ethel Turp [Daytime Comedy based on Damon Runyan stories]  9-7-43  Part I of I

Item 29: WS-ET-43076 / 077Add to your cart.

076 Dr. Lin Yutang (Speaking on Chinese - American Friendship) 9-11-43  Part I

077  Columbia Concert Orchestra [conducted by Howard Barlow] 9-10-43  Part II

Item 30: WS-ET-43078Add to your cart.
078 War Bond Dollars In Action, Pete French describing live ammunition training exercise at Fort Knox 9-14-43  Part I of I.
Item 31: WS-ET-43082 / 083Add to your cart.

082 Colonel Louis Johnson at national American Legion Convention for  Anglo-American cooperation 9-21-43 and  Kate Smith appeal to purchase War Bonds  Part II

083 John Gart Trio [Johnny Gart - organ, Vera Lee Mills - harp, Buddy Sheppard - violin] (Broadway Show Tunes)

Item 32: WS-ET-43085Add to your cart.
085 Johnny Long Orchestra  #283  [Oct.]1943.
Item 33: WS-ET-43086Add to your cart.
086 Talk by President Roosevelt  10-5-43:  Urging citizen contributions to the National War Fund.
Item 34: WS-ET-43100 / 101Add to your cart.

100 Portions of J. Lyter Donaldson Democratic candidate for governor running against Republican Simeon Willis 11-1-43

101 To Your Good Health (Lyn Murray's Orchestra, Norman Pearson, Donald Dame) includes wartime oriented commercial for Squibb Tooth Powder (n.d.)

Item 35: WS-ET-43104 / 105Add to your cart.

104 "Fun With Dunn" [Eddy Dunn and announcer, Tony Marvin - CBS daytime music and comedy (n.d.)

105 Secretary of State Cordell Hull, 11-18-43, Part I of II [speaking to joint session of Congress on results of the Third Moscow Conference on post war planning]

Item 36: WS-ET-43108 / 109Add to your cart.

108 "Fun With Dunn" [Eddie Dunn, Daytime comedy and musical variety]

109 Governor Willis Inauguration  12-7-43  Part I

Item 37: WS-ET-43110 / 111Add to your cart.

110 Governor Willis Inauguration  12-7-43  Part II

111 Fragment - [Paul] Gibson,[Danny] O'Neill, and [Ceasar] Petrillo, Teddy Powell and his Orchestra

Item 38: WS-ET-43112 / 113Add to your cart.

112 Governor Willis Inauguration  12-7-43  Partt III

113 [Teddy Powell] big band performance.

Item 39: WS-ET-43114 / 115Add to your cart.

114 Governor Willis Inauguration  12-7-43  Part IV

115  "The Goldbergs" [n.d.] sponsored by Duz soap powder.

Item 40: WS-ET-43116 / 117Add to your cart.

116 Governor Willis Inauguration  12-7-43  Partt V

117 "To Your Good Health [from The House of Squibb]" Lyn Murray, Jan Peerce 12-10-43

Item 41: WS-ET-43120 / 121Add to your cart.

120 Mary Marlin (Soap Opera) n.d. Sponsor - Fleishmen's Yeast  and Tenderleaf Tea

121 Time Out For Music - Cissy Gregg talking about food shopping for Christmas dinner. 12-17-43

Item 42: WS-ET-43122 / 123Add to your cart.

122 To Your Good Health - Lyn Murray Orchestra musical variety 12-22-43

123 President Roosevelt Christmas Eve Address [Fireside Chat - On Teheran and Cairo Conferences] 12-24-43  Part I.

Item 43: WS-ET-43124 / 125Add to your cart.

124 President Roosevelt Christmas Eve Address [Fireside Chat - On Teheran and Cairo Conferences] 12-24-43  Part II

125 Raymond Scott Orchestra 12-22-43  Part I.

Item 44: WS-ET-43126 / 127Add to your cart.

126 King George VI Christmas Message  12-25-43

127  "Fun With Dunn" [n.d.] [Eddy Dunn, CBS Music and comedy variety program].

Item 45: WS-ET-43128 / 129Add to your cart.

128 Bob Hutsell Orchestra  1-25-43  Part I

129  Ina Ray Hutton Orchestra  2-1-43  Part I

Item 46: WS-ET-43130 / 131Add to your cart.

130 National Farm Mobilization Day-President Roosevelt  1-12-43

131  Edwin C. Hill War News 1-12-43

Item 47: WS-ET-43132 / 133Add to your cart.

132 Bob Hutsell and Jack Brooks  1-21-43  Part I

133  "Are You A Genius"  1-19-43, MC Ernest Chappell, quiz and music entertainment.

Item 48: WS-ET-43136 / 137Add to your cart.

136 James F. Byrnes, Director Offic of Economic Stabilization 2-9-43  Part II

137 "Man Behind the Gun" [Dramatizing cooperation among Allied military forces] 2-10-43  Part I

Item 49: WS-ET-43140Add to your cart.
140  Eleanor Roosevelt  to the Textile Workers Union of America 5-12-43
Item 50: WS-ET-43142 / 143Add to your cart.

142 Jazz Laboratory [Raymond Scott, Jose Ferrer] 5-18-43  Part I of II

143 Winston Churchill  5-19-43  Part III

Item 51: WS-ET-43146 / 147Add to your cart.

146  Eleanor Roosevelt  6-21-43:  Reading letters from Russian women to Americans and American women to Russians, marking the second anniversary of the German invasion of Russia.

147  6-22-43 Part II of Suspense with wartime security theme "The Man Without a Body." .


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[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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