RPTF/ARSC Sound Collections Database

KUOW audio archives

Description:
Primarily interviews and live musical performances featuring international newsmakers to local musicians. Includes nearly complete (app. 450 hours) archive of live-performance show, "Sandy Bradley's POTLUCK," aired on KUOW in Seattle and about 50 non-commercial US stations between 1984-1995. Also hundreds of hours of live folk, classical and world-music concerts from Puget Sound region. A large portion of this material has been archived in digital (.wav/44.1/16) format (done in 2008).
Dates:
1984/2000
Repository/Collector:
KUOW-FM / Puget Sound Public Radio / University of Washington
Repository/Collector Type:
Broadcasting station, College or university, and Nonprofit group
City:
Seattle
State:
Washington
Country:
United States
Extent:
> 1000 reel-to-reel analogue tapes, several hundred DATs, small number of cassettes, MDs, CDs
Content types:
Performed music, Spoken word, and Still image
Formats:
Optical disc (including CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, VCD), MiniDisc, Analog audiocassette, Digital Audio Tape (DAT), Polyester open reel tape, Acetate open reel tape, Digital audio file (including MP3, WAV, AIFF, etc.), Betamax, Text document, and PDFs
Languages:
English, French, and Spanish
Genres:
Folk, Jazz, Classical, World, Spoken word, News actuality, and Interviews
Access statement:
In-house at KUOW only (as of late 2017), with a very limited number of interviews available to the public via station's website.
Usage statement:
Digitized material from the archives has been used in-house for historical reference, as well as using some musical performances for additional (non-main broadcast channel) program services.
Inventory description:
Relational database and Digital text document (other than spreadsheet or database)
Supporting documentation:
Listings for POTLUCK shows, list of archived interviews (incomplete)
Historical relevance:
Many of the interviews and musical performances are with newsmakers and musicians (local to international) who are now deceased. KUOW-FM is a major news station in the Seattle market, on-air since 1952. Archival work only became active in the mid-1980s on analogue tape, eventually moving to a larger digital and internet presence in the early 2000s.
Condition note:
Playable with proper equipment and Known damage (repairs needed)