Production materials documenting Smithsonian's thirteen-part program on the role of radio in transforming the African American community in the twentieth century. The program was produced in 1996 by Jacquie Gales Webb for Smithsonian Productions, with assistance from the AAAMC. The collection contains over 400 hours of interviews and historical aircheck tapes in addition to articles, research files, program scripts, and transcripts. The audio interviews feature conversations with over 150 well-known disc jockeys, radio professionals, record company executives, journalists, and scholars. The historical airchecks include station identifications and jingles, radio interviews with prominent Black figures, coverage of historical events, and programs highlighting or influenced by the contributions of Black performers, disc jockeys, and other important persons in radio.
Smithsoinan Productions and National Museum of American History (U.S.)
Archives of African American Music and Culture
College or university
4.3 linear feet (10 boxes) + 297 audiocassettes (DAT : digital, stereo), 168 audiocassettes (analog), 9 8mm data cartridges, 7 audio discs (CD-R), 3 data disks (1.44 MB floppies)
Performed music, Spoken word, Still image, and Text
Analog audiocassette, Digital Audio Tape, Data cartridge, Optical disc (Including CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, VCD), Text document, and Data disk (floppy disk)
Audiocassette, Audio disc, Computer disc, and Computer tape cartridge
Smithsonian Institution, Webb, Jacqueline Gales, Rawls, Lou, African Americans and mass media, Mass media and race relations--United States, African American disc jockeys, African American radio stations, Radio broadcasting--United States--History, Radio audiences, African American radio broadcasters, Radio in community development, Radio producers and directors, Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century, Advertising--Sound recordings, Rhythm and blues music, Gospel music, Radio station identifications, Amos 'n' Andy (Radio program), Sam 'n' Henry (Radio program), Beulah (Radio program), Destination freedom (Radio program), Freedom's people (Radio program), Jack Benny program (Radio program), King Biscuit flower hour, New world a-comin' (Radio program), Radio programs, and Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews, Interviews (Sound recordings), and Public service radio programs
This collection is open for research. Audiovisual materials require the creation of listening and/or viewing copies. Advance notice of your visit is highly recommended to ensure that requested materials will be ready for use upon your arrival. Contact the AAAMC staff for more details.
Permission required from the Smithsonian Institution to duplicate or publish any material from interviews; individual permission/release forms on file and may vary for each participant. The provenance and intellectual property rights for the historical airchecks are unclear. Materials may be used in-house at the AAAMC; permission to duplicate must be secured in writing from the rights holders. Contact AAAMC staff for further details.
EAD finding aid
Contracts between interviewees and interviewers/production company.
Interviews with many prominent figures in Black radio.