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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 19: Original Electrical Transcriptions Discs 1954Add to your cart.
This series contains recordings of radio programs broadcast by WHAS during 1954
Item 1: WS-ET-54000 / 001Add to your cart.

000 "Echoes of '53"  1-3-54  Part I of IV

001 "Echoes of '53"  1-3-54  Part III of IV

Item 2: WS-ET-54002 / 003Add to your cart.

002 "Echoes of '53"  1-3-54  Part II of IV

003  "Echoes of '53"  1-3-54  Part IV of IV

Item 3: WS-ET-54004 / 005Add to your cart.

004 President Eisenhower - State of the Union Address (excerpt)  1-7-54

005 News: Jay Crouse [mention of bookmobile fund drive, State Fair, local candidate profiles] 9-15-53

Item 4: WS-ET-54008 / 009Add to your cart.

008 Sales Tax Debate  2-2-54  Part II of IV

009  Whitney Voice Tracks #71 [Robert Whitney introducing symphonic recordings] 1-8-54

Item 5: WS-ET-54010 / 011Add to your cart.

010 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  French - [State Sen. Leon] Shakun interview- Time Bell  2-9-54; Bob Boaz- News [KY sales tax] 2-2-54

011 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Chattanooga Police Commissioner Van Sickle [attacks on women] 1-22-54; Bob Boaz - Frankfort KY  1-26-54

Item 6: WS-ET-54012 / 013Add to your cart.

012 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  Fire on Preston and Broadway Streets, Louisville KY  2-23-54; News: LeBeau - Gardner interview - Owensboro KY Bus [service vendor] 3-4-54

013 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  Sports: Blanton Collier [new UK football coach] -[Jimmy] Finnegan interview  2-10-54; News with Bob Boaz [common carrier truck drivers] 2-10-54

Item 7: WS-ET-54014 / 015Add to your cart.

014 News: Alben Barkley - Run for Senate  3-27-54

015  News: School Integration  8-17-55

Item 8: WS-ET-54016 / 017Add to your cart.

016 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Lawman-DeBear interview  3-3-54; Edmondson Ct School Strike- telephone interview with Vernon Stone  3-4-54

017 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Preston Street Police Chase of Texas Convicts- Louisville KY  4-7-54; Bedford KY Explosion  4-6-54

Item 9: WS-ET-54018 / 019Add to your cart.

018 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  Goss Avenue Explosion, Louisville KY  6-10-54; Warsaw KY- Missing Sheriff  6-21-54 

019 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Phil Sutterfield - Charlie Wittingham [horse trainer] interview  4-12-54; Richmond KY Fire  5-18-54 Bob Boaz

Item 10: WS-ET-54021Add to your cart.
021 Transylvania College (Lexington KY) - Kentucky Citations [Award]  4-23-54  Part I of III
Item 11: WS-ET-54022 / 023Add to your cart.

022 Transylvania College (Lexington KY)- Kentucky Citations  Part II of III  4-23-54

023 "Let's Look It Over" [Farm Price Support Problem] 5-16-54  Part I of II

Item 12: WS-ET-54024 / 025Add to your cart.

024 Transylvania College (Lexington KY)- Kentucky Citations  Part III of III  4-23-54

025 "Let's Look It Over" [Farm Price Support Problem] 5-16-54  Part II of II

Item 13: WS-ET-54026 / 027Add to your cart.

026 Renfro Valley Gathering  6-6-54  Part I of II

027 President Eisenhower- Transylvania University Speech (Lexington KY)  4-23-54  Part I of III (Includes early reference to Indochina // Vietnam military situation)

Item 14: WS-ET-54028 / 029Add to your cart.

028 President Eisenhower - Transylvania University Speech (Lexington KY)  4-23-54  Part II of III (Includes early reference to Indochina // Vietnam military situation)

029  "What's Your Question" [W.W. Sanders, city engineer - bridges, roads, and expressways] 5-26-54  Part I of II

Item 15: WS-ET-54030 / 031Add to your cart.

030 President Eisenhower - Transylvania University Speech (Lexington KY)  4-23-54  Part III of III

031  "What's Your Question" [W.W. Sanders, city engineer - bridges, roads, and expressways] 5-26-54  Part II of II

Item 16: WS-ET-54032 / 033Add to your cart.

032 President Eisenhower - Leaving Godman Field [Fort Knox KY]  4-23-54

033  President Eisenhower- at Lincoln Shrine  4-23-54  Part I of II  [Newsmen's Commentary]

Item 17: WS-ET-54034 / 035Add to your cart.

034 President Eisenhower's Speech at Lincoln Shrine  4-23-54  Part II of II

035 Eisenhower Hodgenville lunch [Dick Oberlin and Pete French reporting]

Item 18: WS-ET-54036 / 037Add to your cart.

036 [President Eisenhower - Fort Knox KY] 4-23-54

037 President Eisenhower- Arriving at Godman and Brooks Field [Fort Knox KY]  4-23-54  Part I of II

Item 19: WS-ET-54038 / 039Add to your cart.

038 President Eisenhower- Arriving at Godman and Brooks Field [Fort Knox KY]  4-23-54  Part II of II

039 [Eisenhower - Lincoln Shrine - Louisville Male High School Band]

Item 20: WS-ET-54040 / 041Add to your cart.

040 President Eisenhower at Lincoln Shrine  4-23-54 [Excerpts from WS 54033 and 54034]

041 News: [$10 million aid for] Korea  5-4-54

Item 21: WS-ET-54042 / 043Add to your cart.

042 WHAS Telephone Interviews: [Memorial Weekend weather and road conditions] Richmond Ky (cut #5)  5-28-54; Henderson KY (cut #4)  5-28-54; Williamstown KY (cut #3)  5-28-54; Wilmington OH (cut #2)  5-28-54; Bowling Green KY (cut #1)  5-28-54

043 WHAS Telephone Interviews: [Memorial Weekend weather and road conditions] Frankfort KY (cut #8)  5-28-54; London KY (cut #6)  5-28-54; Evansville IN (cut #9)  5-28-54; Indianapolis IN (cut #7)  5-28-54

Item 22: WS-ET-54045Add to your cart.
045  WHAS Telephone Interview: Jay Crouse - Missing Gallatin Co. Sheriff, Hubbard Ferguson  6-21-54 [Original Recording of WS 54046]
Item 23: WS-ET-54046 / 047Add to your cart.

046 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Jay Crouse about Missing Sheriff  6-23-54; Gov. Wetherby -French Interview- Tax Assessment  6-21-54 

047 WHAS Telephone Interviews: telephone interview - [E.E.]Reese [Phenix City AL  7-23-54; News: [KY] Drought Conditions Report  7-23-54

Item 24: WS-ET-54048 / 049Add to your cart.

048 WHAS Telephone Interviews:    News: Curlin Interview- Part II of II  6-22-54; News: Des Moines, Iowa Flood  6-23-54; News: Laredo TX Flood  6-29-54 

049 WHAS Telephone Interviews: News: Fire Accident (9th and B-Way), Louisville KY  7-24-54; [James] Matt Interview  7-16-54

Item 25: WS-ET-54050 / 051Add to your cart.

050 WHAS Telephone Interviews: News: Laredo TX Flood  6-30-54

051  Curlin telephone interview  Part I of II  6-22-54

Item 26: WS-ET-54052 / 053Add to your cart.

052 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Operation Breakneck - Nashville TN  7-2-54; ORR Breakneck #1  7-2-54; Sgt. Thomas  7-2-54; Trooper Smith  7-2-54

053 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Sgt. Newman [Operation Breakneck, Richmond, KY] 7-2-54; Clark- Golf Interview  6-26-54; Clark-Golf Interview  6-26-54; Clark-Golf Interview 6-26-54

Item 27: WS-ET-54054 / 055Add to your cart.

054 Arthur Godfrey (WHAS Birthday Greetings)  7-19-54

055 "Let's Look It Over" [Teacher Recruitment and Other Problems - via tv] 11-7-54  Part I of II

Item 28: WS-ET-54056 / 057Add to your cart.

056 WHAS Telephone Interviews: News: Fred Dilger  7-30-54; News: Ruggles Interview  8-7-54; News: Whitesburg Accident  7-31-54; Broaddus Flood  7-9-55

057 WHAS Telephone Interviews: De Bear in Cafe  9-28-54; Brandenburg KY- Hail and Wind Storm  3-4-55

Item 29: WS-ET-54058 / 059Add to your cart.

058 WHAS Telephone Interviews: [Traffic Conditions] Walton-Scherle Interview  9-3-54; Walton-Newman Interview  Part I  9-3-54

059 WHAS Telephone Interviews: [Traffic Conditions] Walton-Thomas Interview  9-3-54; Walton-Sharpe Interview  9-3-54; Walton-Jones  9-3-54

Item 30: WS-ET-54060 / 061Add to your cart.

060 WHAS Telephone Interviews:  Walton-Newman Interview  Part II  9-3-54; Walton-Coats Interview  9-3-54; Rausch Robbery  1-21-55

061 WHAS Telephone Interviews: Cincinnati OH Air Crash  1-12-55; News: Tornado Accident- Memphis TN  2-4-55

Item 31: WS-ET-54062 / 063Add to your cart.

062 "What's Your Question" [Nursing Profession] 10-13-54  Part I of II

063 Alben Barkley  9-6-54  Part I of VII

Item 32: WS-ET-54066 / 067Add to your cart.

066 Renfro Valley Gathering  10-24-54  Part I of II  [Songs Lincoln Loved]

067 Alben Barkley  9-6-54  [Pikeville, KY - U.S.Senate campaign] Part III of VII

Item 33: WS-ET-54068 / 069Add to your cart.

068 Alben Barkley  9-6-54  Part IV of VII  [Pikeville, KY - U.S.Senate campaign]

069 Renfro Valley Gathering  10-24-54  Part II of II [Songs Lincoln Loved]

Item 34: WS-ET-54070 / 071Add to your cart.

070 "What's Your Question" [Telephone Service] 10-20-54

071 Alben Barkley  9-6-54  Part V of VII

Item 35: WS-ET-54072 / 073Add to your cart.

072 Alben Barkley  9-6-54  Part VI of VII

073 "Let's Look It Over" [Federal Farm Program] 10-19-54  Part I of II

Item 36: WS-ET-54074 / 075Add to your cart.

074 "Let's Look It Over" [Federal Farm Program] 10-19-54  Part II of II

075 Alben Barkley  9-6-54  Part VII of VII

Item 37: WS-ET-54076 / 077Add to your cart.

076 Renfro Valley Gathering  10-31-54  Part I of II

077 Alben Barkley  9-30-54  Part I of II

Item 38: WS-ET-54078 / 079Add to your cart.

078 Alben Barkley  9-30-54  Part II of II

079 Renfro Valley Gathering  10-31-54  Part II of II

Item 39: WS-ET-54080 / 081Add to your cart.

080 Alben Barkley  9-6-54  Part II of VII

081  "What's Your Question" [Nursing Profession] 10-13-54  Part II of II

Item 40: WS-ET-54082 / 083Add to your cart.

082 Cooper - Barkley Debate 10-14-54  Part I of IV [Eric Sevareid, moderator]

083 Cooper - Barkley Debate  10-14-54  Part III of IV [Eric Sevareid, moderator]

Item 41: WS-ET-54084 / 085Add to your cart.

084 Cooper - Barkley Debate 10-14-54  Part II of IV [Eric Sevareid, moderator]

085 Cooper - Barkley Debate  10-14-54  Part IV of IV [Eric Sevareid, moderator]

Item 42: WS-ET-54086 / 087Add to your cart.

086 "What's Your Question" [Marital Issues] 10-27-54  Part I of II

087 Alben W. Barkley  10-29-54  Part I of II

Item 43: WS-ET-54088 / 089Add to your cart.

088 Alben W. Barkley  10-29-54  Part II of II

089 "Let's Look It Over"  10-31-54  Part I

Item 44: WS-ET-54090 / 091Add to your cart.

090 Braden Trial - Documentary  12-14-54  Part I of III

091 Braden Trial - Documentary  12-14-54  Part III of III

Item 45: WS-ET-54092 Add to your cart.
092 Braden Trial - Documentary  12-14-54  Part II of III
Item 46: WS-ET-54096 / 097Add to your cart.

096 "Echoes of '54"  12-26-54  Part II of IV

097  "Echoes of '54"  12-26-54  Part IV of IV

Item 47: WS-ET-54098 / 099Add to your cart.

098 Kentucky Derby  (80th) 5-1-54  Part II of II [Call by Fred Capossela]

099 American Plant Food Council Meeting - Paul Sanders, Editor of Southern Planter (cut #1) and Donald Williams, Soil Conservation Service (cut #2)  6-23-54

Item 48: WS-ET-54100Add to your cart.
100 "Lure of the Library"- Theme  12-27-54
Item 49: WS-ET-54102 / 103Add to your cart.

102 Florida Derby Theme or [Race Track Gallop]  3-19-54

103 Curt Massey  3-15-54  Part I


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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],
[All]


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