RPTF/ARSC Sound Collections Database

KUOW audio archives

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 A large portion of this material has been archived in digital (.wav/44.1/16) format (done in 2008).
KUOW-FM / Puget Sound Public Radio / University of Washington
Repository/Collector Type:
Broadcasting station, College or university, and Nonprofit group
United States
> 1000 reel-to-reel analogue tapes, several hundred DATs, small number of cassettes, MDs, CDs
Content types:
Performed music, Spoken word, and Still image
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
English, French, and Spanish
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Digitized material from the archives has been used in-house for historical reference, as well as using some musical performances for additional (non-main broadcast channel) program services.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)