help preserve and interpret America's audio broadcasting history.
By the time commercial radio broadcasting celebrates its first
hundred years, most of what was produced will not be available to the
collectors in general and the public at large.
a large portion of early radio went out over the airwaves live and
unrecorded, those shows are lost forever.
Early recordings have also been lost and destroyed over these
many years in simply not preserving and caring for these discs the way
they should have been. Needing
room during station growth periods, both local and at the network
levels, much of the early recordings were just destroyed and tossed
aside. They were not seen
as having any additional future worth.
those electrical transcriptions (ET’s) that were stored and saved,
many were not stored and saved correctly and today are deteriorating at
a rapid rate, soon to be lost forever.
The best examples of these programs will be broadcasts in bad
audio condition and harsh to listen too.
A smaller portion of the hundreds of thousands or maybe millions
of hours of these existing ET’s are still in great and near perfect
state. But time marches on
and soon in the not too distance future these ET’s will themselves
start the deteriorating process and we will also loose what little
percentage of our broadcast history we still have.
Like our motion picture and television legacy’s, we are losing
our nations popular pop culture faster than we realize, and whatever we
are not actively working towards to save and save now, will be lost
forever in the near future.
Audio Classics® Archive has committed itself to the preservation
of these invaluable and historical broadcasts. In general, the term
"preservation" refers to the process of gathering the best
surviving materials from original ET’s, full and/or half track master
magnetic tape recordings and other sources, and transferring them to the
most stable format possible. "Restoration" usually refers to
even more time-consuming and complicated projects in which altered or
missing material is restored to these programs, bringing it as close as
possible to its original broadcast form.
The removal of clicks, pops, skips, etc. which were not part of
the original presentation.
All of the preservation and restoration work done at Audio
Classics® Archive is the result of hours of painstaking hard work, and
sometimes in collaboration with other experts specializing in
preservation. Computers and
digital means are increasingly used to improve sound quality in the
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