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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 18: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1953Add to your cart.
This series contains recordings of radio programs broadcast by WHAS during 1953
Item 1: WS-ET-53000 / 001Add to your cart.

300 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Governor Wetherby interview regarding state job freeze; Indiana Governor Craig's inauguration [1-12-53]

001 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Breathitt County KY Mine Fire - Hamilton  12-13-52; [John Sherman] Cooper - Oberlin Interview - New Year's [Message]  12-31-52; [Homer] Capehart - Oberlin Interview - New Year's [Message] 12-31-52

Item 2: WS-ET-53002 / 003Add to your cart.

002 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Oberlin, French - Ransdell - Indiana Legislature  1-13-53; French - Ransdell [Indiana Legislature]  1-15-53

003 WHAS Telephone Interviews: French-Ransdell [IN Legislator Wilke Bill to Withhold Uninjured Veterans' Bonus Payments]  1-16-53; Ransdell [Indiana Republicans No Confidence in Gov. Craig]  2-24-53

Item 3: WS-ET-53004 / 005Add to your cart.

004 Moral Side of the News [Gambling in Amateur Athletics] 2-17-53  Part I of II

005 President Harry Truman - Farewell Address 1-15-53  Part I of II

Item 4: WS-ET-53006 / 007Add to your cart.

006 President Harry Truman - Farewell Address 1-15-53  Part II of II

007 Moral Side of the News [Confidentiality, Judicial Privilege, and Press Responsibility]  2-10-53  Part II of II

Item 5: WS-ET-53008Add to your cart.
009 Ladies Day Excerpts  10-3-52 [thanks to Hobie Wolf (sp?)]
Item 6: WS-ET-53010 / 011Add to your cart.

010 Ransdell Telephone Transcription [Indiana Legislature: Automobile Licensing Bureau Bill; State Convention Procedures Bille; Gov. Craig State Reorganization Bill] 1-22-53

011 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Ransdell [Lowering Indiana Voter Age] 2-9-53; Doc Ransdell [Indiana Gov. Craig's Reorganization Bill Threatened]  2-13-53

Item 7: WS-ET-53012 / 013Add to your cart.

012 Moral Side of the News [Confidentiality, Judicial Privilege, and Press Responsibility]  2-10-53  Part II of II

013 President Eisenhower - State of the Union Address  2-2-53  Part I of VI

Item 8: WS-ET-53014 / 015Add to your cart.

014 President Eisenhower - State of the Union Address  2-2-53  Part II of VI

015 "Let's Talk It Over"[President Eisenhower's Foreign Policy; Georgetown College Students] 2-9-53  Part I of II

Item 9: WS-ET-53016 / 017Add to your cart.

016 Sports Roundup  2-7-53  Part II

017 President Eisenhower - State of the Union Address  2-2-53  Part III of VI

Item 10: WS-ET-53018 / 019Add to your cart.

018 President Eisenhower - State of the Union Address  2-2-53  Part IV of VI

019 Sports Roundup  2-14-53  Part II of II

Item 11: WS-ET-53020 / 021Add to your cart.

020 Renfro Valley Gathering  2-11-53  Part III

021 President Eisenhower - State of the Union Address  2-2-53  Part V of VI

Item 12: WS-ET-53022 / 023Add to your cart.

022 President Eisenhower - State of the Union Address  2-2-53  Part VI of VI

023 Sports Roundup  2-14-53  Part I of II

Item 13: WS-ET-53024 / 025Add to your cart.

024 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Sutterfield - Coach Paul McBrayer Interview [EKU NCAA bid]  2-25-53; Pete French - Earle Clements interview- [Illness of] Stalin  3-4-53

025 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Sutterfield - Cincinnati Reds [front office] interview [All-Star Game Tickets] 4-3-53; Pete French - [Mrs. Mullins interview- [Return of Orville Mullins] POW [Prisoner of War]  4-22-53

Item 14: WS-ET-53026 / 027Add to your cart.

026 WHAS Telephone Interviews: French - Ransdell - Indiana Legislature  3-10-53; Neil Dalton - Atom Bomb Explosion  3-17-53

027 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Cooper- Stalin Illness  3-4-53; Pete French - Doc Ransdell - Indiana Legislature  3-9-53

Item 15: WS-ET-53028 / 029Add to your cart.

028 "Let's Talk It Over" 3-16-53 [Price Support of Butter] Part I

029 CBS Television - Death of  Stalin  3-5-53  Part I of II

Item 16: WS-ET-53032 / 033Add to your cart.

032 News: Stalin Death - [Robert] Trout reading Teletypes  3-5-53  Part I of II

033 News: Stalin Death - [Robert] Trout reading Teletypes 3-5-53  Part II of II

Item 17: WS-ET-53034 / 035Add to your cart.

034 News: Presidential Inauguration Excerpt -[Vice President Nixon Oath; Prayer; President Eisenhower Oath]  1-20-53

035 Polio [Public Service Announcements] 8-1-52

Item 18: WS-ET-53036 / 037Add to your cart.

036 News: Inauguration Excerpts [Eisenhower] 1-20-53

037 Moral Side of the News [The Atomic Bomb] 3-17-53  Part I of II

Item 19: WS-ET-53038 / 039Add to your cart.

038 Moral Side of the News [The Atomic Bomb] 3-17-53  Part II of II

039 News: Inauguration Excerpts [Eisenhower] 1-20-53

Item 20: WS-ET-53040 / 041Add to your cart.

040 News: Eisenhower - Inaugural Address  1-20-53  Part I of IV

041 News: Eisenhower - Inaugural Address  1-20-53  Part III of IV

Item 21: WS-ET-53042 / 043Add to your cart.

042 News: Eisenhower - Inaugural Address  1-20-53  Part II of IV

043 News: Eisenhower - Inaugural Address  1-20-53  Part IV of IV

Item 22: WS-ET-53044 / 045Add to your cart.

044 CBS News: Atom Bomb Explosion [Yucca Flat, Nevada] 3-17-53

045 "After Stalin?"  3-8-53  Part I of II (television)

Item 23: WS-ET-53046 / 047Add to your cart.

046 "After Stalin?"  3-8-53  Part II of II (television)

047 Stalin Story (WHAS & CBS)  3-4-53  Part I of II

Item 24: WS-ET-53052Add to your cart.
052 News: Clark - Dr. [Dale] Green Interview  4-16-53 [White Sands Missile Range]
Item 25: WS-ET-53054 / 055Add to your cart.

054 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  News: Chatfield - Watkins interview- [Warner Robins]Georgia Tornado  4-30-53; Farm: [Dr. Rodriguez] Army Worms  5-29-53

055 WHAS Telephone Interviews: French - [Mrs. Delpha] Clements interview- Mother of a POW [Prisoner of War]  4-23-53; Earle Clements - Watkins interview [Death of Rep. Garrett Withers] 4-30-53

Item 26: WS-ET-53056 / 057Add to your cart.

056 Operation Cancer [WHAS television documentary] 5-7-53  Part I of IV

057 Operation Cancer [WHAS television documentary] 5-7-53  Part III of IV

Item 27: WS-ET-53058 / 059Add to your cart.

058 Operation Cancer [WHAS television documentary] 5-7-53  Part II of IV

059 Operation Cancer [WHAS television documentary] 5-7-53  Part IV of IV

Item 28: WS-ET-53060 / 061Add to your cart.

060 Songs from "The Tall Kentuckian" with Bill Pickett [Play by Barbara Anderson, music by Norman Dello Joio] 5-21-53  Part I of II

061 Songs from "The Tall Kentuckian" with Bill Pickett [Play by Barbara Anderson, music by Norman Dello Joio] 5-21-53  Part II of II

Item 29: WS-ET-53062 / 063Add to your cart.

062 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  Senator John Sherman Cooper [comments on first five months of Eisenhower administration] 6-19-53; Colonel Dawson - Weather Report- (Feature)  7-29-53

063  WHAS Telephone Interviews: Lucy Becker - Lee Jordan TV [Coronation Parade of Queen Elizabeth II]  6-2-53; Pete French - WGAR Charles Day- Cleveland Tornado, 6-9-53

Item 30: WS-ET-53064 / 065Add to your cart.

064 Renfro Valley Gathering  6-7-53  Part III of III

065 President Eisenhower  6-10-53  Part I of II

Item 31: WS-ET-53066 / 067Add to your cart.

066 President Eisenhower  6-10-53  Part II of II

067 Moral Side of the News [US State Department Communist Book Burning Order] 6-16-53  Part I of II

Item 32: WS-ET-53068 / 069Add to your cart.

068 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  News:  Senator Earle Clements [comments on Republican Congress agenda] 6-19-53; News: [Assistant Secretary of State] Thruston Morton on [death of Senator Robert] Taft  7-31-53

069 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Charles Day WGAR Cleveland - Taft Successor  7-31-53; Pete French - US Supreme Court Justice Fred Vinson funeral  9-11-53

Item 33: WS-ET-53070 / 071Add to your cart.

070 "Tall Kentuckian" Music [Louisville Orchestra; play by Barbara Anderson; music by Norman Dello Joio] 6-23-53

071 World Music Festival  6-21-53  Part V

Item 34: WS-ET-53072 / 073Add to your cart.

072 Korean Armistice - Delegates Signing  7-26-53  Part I of II

073 Korean Armistice - President Eisenhower and Secretary Dulles [Secretary of Defense Charles Wilson] 7-26-53  Part II of II

Item 35: WS-ET-53074 / 075Add to your cart.

074 Korean Armistice - President Eisenhower and Secretary Dulles  7-26-53  Part I of II

075 Korean Armistice - Delegates Signing  7-26-53  Part II of II

Item 36: WS-ET-53076 / 077Add to your cart.

076 Korean Armistice - General [Mark] Clark Signing  7-26-53

077 News: POW [prisoner of war] Exchange Program  4-19-53  Part I of II

Item 37: WS-ET-53078 / 079Add to your cart.

078 Sunday News Feature [KY sales tax] 8-27-53

079 News: Senator Tom Underwood  10-18-52

Item 38: WS-ET-53080 / 081Add to your cart.

080 Renfro Valley Gathering  8-23-53  Part III of III

081 News: Vinson Funeral  9-11-53  Part I of II

Item 39: WS-ET-53082 / 083Add to your cart.

082 News: Vinson Funeral  9-11-53  Part II of II

083 Saturday Night Country Style [Old Kentucky Barn Dance] 8-15-53  Part II of II

Item 40: WS-ET-53084 / 085Add to your cart.

084 News: George Wetherby [candidate for Jefferson County (KY) Judge] 9-15-53

085 World Music Festival  9-13-53  Part IV

Item 41: WS-ET-53086 / 087Add to your cart.

086 News: Andrew Broaddus [Democratic candidate for Louisville mayor]  9-16-53

087 News: [John] Astor Interview [British politician] 10-5-53

Item 42: WS-ET-53088 / 089Add to your cart.

088 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  Pete French - Barney Arnold [KY Soil Conservation Districts concerns]  10-7-53;  Jay Crouse - Pete French - Kentucky Municipal League [phone rate increase; water and sewage treatment] 10-14-53

089 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Dr. Edward J. McCormick [Veterans Administration] 9-22-53; De Beare- Fred Belcher interview, Labor [project agreement]  9-24-53

Item 43: WS-ET-53090 / 091Add to your cart.

090 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  News: Louisville Gas and Electric Transformer Explosion  9-23-53; Two Headed Baby  12-12-53

091 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Two Headed Baby [edited excerpt] 12-12-53; News: Captain Max Dolcater [woman's body found at Ft. Knox foxhole by two Army hunters] 1-2-54

Item 44: WS-ET-53092 / 093Add to your cart.

092 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  Kentucky Municipal League - [Jay] Crouse [MSD seeks exemption] 10-15-53; Kentucky Municipal League [Jay Crouse - closing session notes] 10-16-53; Pete French - Bill Powell interview [Paducah iron workers - Bill Sanders dismissal] 12-10-53

093 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Dr. R.B. Jasper [Louisville General Hospital, skin grafts needed for 10-year-old burn patient] 1-9-54

Item 45: WS-ET-53094Add to your cart.
0941953 Voice of Democracy Winner for Louisville and Jefferson County- Miss Sallie Bingham, Collegiate School  11-9-53
Item 46: WS-ET-53096 / 097Add to your cart.

096 Saturday Night Country Style  11-14-53 - Randy Atcher - Part II of II

097 Senator McCarthy  11-24-53  Part I of II

Item 47: WS-ET-53098 / 099Add to your cart.

098 Senator McCarthy  11-24-53  Part II of II  ["McCarthy on Trumanism"]

099 Saturday Night Country Style - Old Kentucky Barn Dance - Randy Atcher - 11-14-53  Part I of II

Item 48: WS-ET-53100Add to your cart.
100 "What's Your Question" [Gov. Lawrence Wetherby] 1-13-54  Part III of III
Item 49: WS-ET-53102 / 103Add to your cart.

102 Beef Session [Mayor Charles Farnsley] 11-20-53  Part I of II

103 President Eisenhower  12-8-53 [United Nations] Part I of II

Item 50: WS-ET-53105Add to your cart.
105 "What's Your Question" [Governor Lawrence Wetherby] 1-13-53  Part I of III
Item 51: WS-ET-53106 / 107Add to your cart.

106 President Eisenhower [United Nations] 12-8-53  Part II of II [SAME AS 53104]

107  Police Excerpt [police recruit training] 11-28-53  Part I of I

Item 52: WS-ET-53108Add to your cart.
108 "A Chance To Live"  12-11-53
Item 53: WS-ET-53110 / 111Add to your cart.

110 Sunday Triple Header (National, Kentucky, news, sports, and weather) 3-15-53 (Sam Allgood & Pete French)

111 78th Kentucky Derby  5-3-52 , Part II of III [called by Fred Capossela]

Item 54: WS-ET-53112 / 113Add to your cart.

112 "Let's Talk It Over"  5-18-53  Part II of II

113 Kentucky Derby  5-2-53  Part I of II (PRE DERBY ONLY)

Item 55: WS-ET-53114 / 115Add to your cart.

114 George Walsh - Baseball Game [St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies - Robinson Recording Laboratories, WIP radio, Philadelphia, PA] 7-26-53  Part I of II

115 George Walsh- Baseball Game [St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies - Robinson Recording Laboratories, WIP radio, Philadelphia, PA] 7-26-53  Part II of II

Item 56: WS-ET-53116Add to your cart.
116 CBS Sports Roundup
Item 57: WS-ET-53118 / 119Add to your cart.

118 George Walsh - Portion of a Baseball Game [St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies] 7-26-53  Part I of II  [Recorded by WFIL Radio Station]

119 George Walsh - Portion of a Baseball Game [St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies] 7-26-53  Part II of II  [Recorded by WFIL Radio Station]


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[Series 6: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1941],
[Series 7: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1942],
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[Series 10: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1945],
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[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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