This collection contains materials collected by Roy Wetzel, a broadcast journalist and NBC News executive, related primarily to U.S. politics and elections. It includes audio recordings of broadcasts taped from radio stations such as WJR, a CBS affliliate station based in Detroit, Michigan, made during the 1950s.
The vast majority of the collection is the full contents of the Leo Sarkisian Music Library transferred from the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. to the University of Michigan for preservation, teaching, and research use. The media library supported Sarkisian’s research and recording career at VOA (1963-2012) and served as the principal analog audio resources for the production of the Music Time in Africa radio show. The collection also includes personal papers and memorabilia from Leo Sarkisian and his wife Mary. New materials in digital form are added to the collection as tape recordings and personal papers are digitized.
Performed music, Still image, and Text
Pressed LP disc, Pressed 45rpm disc, Optical disc (including CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, VCD), Analog audiocassette, Polyester open reel tape, Acetate open reel tape, Digital audio file (including MP3, WAV, AIFF, etc.), Photographic negative, and Text document
Includes documentation of the dispute between Interlochen and James C. Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians, over the use of non-union amateur musicians in the radio broadcasts of Interlochen performances.
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan