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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 21: Original Reel-To-Reel Audio Tape Recordings 1954 - 1981Add to your cart.
This series contains audio tape recordings of radio programs broadcast by WHAS at various times 1954 - 1981.
Item 1: WS-OR-004-001Add to your cart.

Alben W. Barkley - John Sherman Cooper Debate 10-14-1954 - Moderated by Eric Sevareid.     

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Item 2: WS-OR-003-001Add to your cart.

1956 Richard Nixon's acceptance speech for the Vice Presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention as broadcast by CBS 8-23-56.   

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Item 3: WS-OR-007-001Add to your cart.

Adlai Stevenson's Concession Speach 11-7-1956 / Brief undated portions of the Soap Operas, "Backstage Wife" and "The Romance of Helen Trent" with commercials for Chase and Sandborn Coffee, Blue Bonnett Margarine, and Tonette Home Permanents for children.   

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Item 4: WS-OR-001-003Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-03 Derby Memories 1936 - Cawood Ledford [Recorded 1959]   

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Item 5: WS-OR-009-001Add to your cart.

Debate 10-23-1960 between Keen Johnson and John Sherman Cooper - U.S. Senate race   

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Item 6: WS-OR-010-001Add to your cart.

Thruston Morton U.S. Senate campaign program 10-26-1962   

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Item 7: WS-OR-011-001Add to your cart.

Birch Bayh U.S. Senate campaign program 10-29-1962   

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Item 8: WS-OR-005-001Add to your cart.

Edward "Ned" Breathitt - Louie B. Nunn Gubernatorial Debate 10-9-1963   

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Item 9: WS-OR-012-001Add to your cart.

Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt campaign program 2-15-1963   

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Item 10: WS-OR-013-001Add to your cart.

Edward T. (Ned) Breathitt / Hary Lee Waterfield campaign program 9-21-1963   

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Item 11: WS-OR-014-001Add to your cart.

Russell Bontrager Senate campaign program 10-29-1964   

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Item 12: WS-OR-015-001Add to your cart.

Charles Farnesley: Who For Third District Congressman? on "JU 5-2385" 10-29-1964     

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Item 13: WS-OR-016-001Add to your cart.

Barry Goldwater Campaign Program 10-31-1964   

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Item 14: WS-OR-001-002Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-02 Derby Memories 1936 - Paul Clark [Recorded 1965]   

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Item 15: WS-OR-017-001Add to your cart.

Volz - Stansbury Campaign Program 10-11-1965   

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Item 16: WS-OR-018-001Add to your cart.

Kenneth Schmied: The Race For Mayor of Louisville on "JU 5-2385" 10-20-1965   

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Item 17: WS-OR-019-001Add to your cart.

Political Progress Committee for Volz - Stansbury Campaign Program - Includes Hubert Humphery Speech 10-23-1965   

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Item 18: WS-OR-020-001Add to your cart.

Volz - Stansbury Campaign Program 10-23-1965   

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Item 19: WS-OR-021-001Add to your cart.

Democratic Women's Campaign Committee for Volz - Stansbury Campaign Program 10-26-1965   

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Item 20: WS-OR-022-001Add to your cart.

Marlin Volz: The Race For Mayor of Louisville on "JU 5-2385" 10-26-1965

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Item 21: WS-OR-023-001Add to your cart.

Marlow Cook: The Race For Jefferson County Judge on "JU 5-2385" 10-27-1965   

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Item 22: WS-OR-024-001Add to your cart.

Democratic Political Campaign Program 10-29-1965   

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Item 23: WS-OR-025-001Add to your cart.

Political Campaign Programs 11-1-1965:  Citizens for Henry for State Senate / Louisville-Jefferson County Republican Campaign Committee / Democratic Campaign Committee for Volz - Stansbury   

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Item 24: WS-OR-008-001Add to your cart.

1966 John Y. Brown and various Kentucky notables speaking in support of Brown's campaign for the U. S. Senate 11-7-66   

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Item 25: WS-OR-026-001Add to your cart.

Political Campaign Programs 11-4-1967:  Breckinridge Campaign / Nunn - Ratliff Campaign   

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Item 26: WS-OR-027-001Add to your cart.

Political Campaign Programs 11-6-1967:  Louisville - Jefferson County Republican Campaign Committee / Kentuckians for Henry Ward (Democrat)   

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Item 27: WS-OR-028-001Add to your cart.

Political Campaign Programs 11-7-1967:  Constitution Revision Campaign / AFL - CIO Political Program   

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Item 28: WS-OR-029-001Add to your cart.

Christian Glanz: The Kentucky Governor's Race on "JU 5-2385" 10-30-1967

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Item 29: WS-OR-030-001Add to your cart.

Louie Nunn: The Kentucky Governor's Race on "JU 5-2385" Call-In Show 11-1-1967   

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Item 30: WS-OR-031-001Add to your cart.

Henry Ward: The Kentucky Governor's Race on "JU 5-2385" Call-In Show 11-2-1967   

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Item 31: WS-OR-038-001Add to your cart.

Henry Ward for Governor Campaign Program  5-22-1967   

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Item 32: WS-OR-001-001Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-01 Derby Memories 1936 - Cawood Ledford [Recorded 1968]   

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Item 33: WS-OR-001-004Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-04 Derby Memories 1937 (Winner War Admiral) - Cawood Ledford [Recorded 1968]   

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Item 34: WS-OR-001-005Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-31 Derby Memories 1959 (Winner Tommy Lee) - Cawood Ledford [Recorded 1969]   

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Item 35: WS-OR-001-006Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-94 Steamboat Race - Derby Festival Week 1971   

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Item 36: WS-OR-001-007Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-97 Derby Week Replay 1972 - Derby Call (Winner Riva Ridge) - Cawood Ledford   

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Item 37: WS-OR-001-015Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-100  Derby Day 1972:  Includes Debutante Stakes - Cawood Ledford   

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Item 38: WS-OR-042-001Add to your cart.

Milton Metz Roast broadcast sometime in 1976 celebrating the seventeenth year of Metz's WHAS call-in radio program Metz Here (originally JUniper 5-2385). Emceed by Cawood Ledford with comments by Wayne Perkey, Todd Hollenbach, Victor Jory, Julian Carroll, Barry Bingham, Jr., Faith Lyles, Parry Metz, Harvey Slone, Jerry David Melloy, Louie Nunn, Fred Osler, and Billy Reed.  Reel One.   

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Item 39: WS-OR-042-002Add to your cart.

Milton Metz Roast broadcast sometime in 1976 celebrating the seventeenth year of Metz's WHAS call-in radio program Metz Here (originally JUniper 5-2385). Emceed by Cawood Ledford with comments by Wayne Perkey, Todd Hollenbach, Victor Jory, Julian Carroll, Barry Bingham, Jr., Faith Lyles, Parry Metz, Harvey Slone, Jerry David Melloy, Louie Nunn, Fred Osler, and Billy Reed.  Reel Two   

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Item 40: WS-OR-042-003Add to your cart.

Milton Metz Roast broadcast sometime in 1976 celebrating the seventeenth year of Metz's WHAS call-in radio program Metz Here (originally JUniper 5-2385). Emceed by Cawood Ledford with comments by Wayne Perkey, Todd Hollenbach, Victor Jory, Julian Carroll, Barry Bingham, Jr., Faith Lyles, Parry Metz, Harvey Slone, Jerry David Melloy, Louie Nunn, Fred Osler, and Billy Reed.  Reel Three   

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Item 41: WS-OR-006-001Add to your cart.

University of Kentucky - North Carolina Football September 1977 in Lexington.  Cawood Ledford and Ralph Hacker - Play-by-Play First Three Quarters.     

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Item 42: WS-OR-032-001Add to your cart.

Louisville Orchestra - Making Music Concert 3-10-1977 1 of 2  (15 ips Half Track)   

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Item 43: WS-OR-032-002Add to your cart.

Louisville Orchestra - Making Music Concert 3-10-1977 2 of 2  (15 ips Half Track)   

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Item 44: WS-OR-039-001Add to your cart.

Richard Nixon / David Frost Interview 1977  "Reel 1" - Spoken Identification as "Fifth Nixon Interview."    

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Item 45: WS-OR-039-002Add to your cart.

Richard Nixon / David Frost Interview 1977  "Reel 2" -  Begins With Question on the G. Harold Carsewell Supreme Court Nomination.   

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Item 46: WS-OR-039-003Add to your cart.

Richard Nixon / David Frost Interview 1977  "Reel 3" -  Begins With Question on the Nixon - Kissenger Relationship..   

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Item 47: WS-OR-001-009Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-175  Derby Day 1978:  Includes Third Race - Cawood Ledford / Interview -Woody Stevens   

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Item 48: WS-OR-001-010Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-177  Derby Day 1978:  Includes Fourth Race - Cawood Ledford / Interview - Smiley Adams   

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Item 49: WS-OR-001-011Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-178  Derby Day 1978:  Includes Fifth Race and Commentary - Cawood Ledford     

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Item 50: WS-OR-001-012Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-183  Derby Day 1978:  Pre Derby Commentary  -  Winner - Affirmed     

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Item 51: WS-OR-001-013Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-186  Derby Day 1978:  Ninth and Tenth Race (Not Cawood Ledford)     

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Item 52: WS-OR-001-014Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-187  Derby Day 1979:  CBS Derby Call - Cawood Ledford - Winner - Spectacular Bid   

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Item 53: WS-OR-001-016Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-191A  Derby Day 1979: Includes First and Second Races Call and Commentary - Cawood Ledford 

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Item 54: WS-OR-001-017Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-192  Derby Day 1979:  Includes Third Race Call and Commentary / Interview with Leroy Jolly - Cawood Ledford / CBS Great Moments from Past Derbies - Win Elliott   

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Item 55: WS-OR-001-018Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-193  Derby Day 1979:  Includes Fourth and Fifth Race Call and Commentary.  Interviews with Trainers, Gordon Campbell and Bud Delph (Spectacular Bid) - Cawood Ledford   

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Item 56: WS-OR-001-019Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-194  Derby Day 1979:  Includes Debutante Stakes / Twin Spires / Pre Derby Commentary - Cawood Ledford   

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Item 57: WS-OR-001-020Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-195  Derby Day 1979:  Includes Derby Call - Cawood Ledford   

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Item 58: WS-OR-001-021Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-196  Derby Week 1979:  Steamboat Race   

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Item 59: WS-OR-041-001Add to your cart.

Hidden Shame: Profile of a Battered Wife 10-17-1979. Produced by Milton Metz   

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Item 60: WS-OR-002-001Add to your cart.

WHAS GG-12  John Jacob Niles Special 3-2-80 on the Occasion of His Death     

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Item 61: WS-OR-033-001Add to your cart.

NFL - Tampa - Chicago Game. Pre Game and First Half 10-6-1980   

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Item 62: WS-OR-034-001Add to your cart.

Metz Here - Vietnam Veterans Program 2-16-1981 (Second Half)     

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Item 63: WS-OR-035-001Add to your cart.

Metz Here 8-12-81 Talks with musicians and other entertainers appearing at the 1981 Kentucky State Fair 

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Item 64: WS-OR-001-008Add to your cart.

WHAS XX-164 Sound Effects:  "Call to the Post"  (Trumpet)

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Item 65: WS-OR-040-001Add to your cart.

Sound Effects: Tobacco Auctioneer Chant

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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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