[posted on behalf of Ken Cleary]
On October 16th, WHYY treated Archives Month Philly participants to a fascinating look at the analog tape archives of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The tapes span from 1976 to 2007 and represent thousands of hours of interviews with some of the most important and interesting figures of late 20th and early 21st century history. After the tours, attendees enjoyed a presentation on how the deteriorating tapes were rescued and digitized, followed by a discussion of their ongoing project to make the recordings freely and openly accessible. This CLIR funded project has allowed WHYY to collaborate with Drexel University to generate rich metadata for the Fresh Air archives, which will ultimately be accessible through WorldCat.
Following the presentations, guests had the opportunity to mingle with WHYY staff and listen to a sampling of Fresh Air’s recordings.