American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 is LIVE!

 The Pacifica Radio Archives is pleased to announce that the American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, an NHPRC grant-funded preservation project documenting women's contributions to Pacifica Radio programming from 1963-1982, is now completed! 2,024 recordings have been digitized and are now accessible to the public! Click here to learn more!


 Joseph Gallucci Speaking at the Orphan Film Symposium

Culpeper, Virginia April 8th, 2016

The Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to have participated in two exciting conferences this year. In February 2016, Archives Director Brian DeShazor and Archivist Joseph Gallucci traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the first-ever Radio Preservation Task Force conference, a historic gathering of radio preservationists and scholars from all over the world. Gallucci presented "Out on the Air: A Brief History of Pacifica's LGBT Programming," a survey of Pacifica's unique contributions to LGBT history, at the Library of Congress' Madison Building in Washington, D.C. DeShazor presented as part of the opening plenary "Radio Preservation: The State of the Nation" on the second day of the conference at the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland, College Park, along with representatives of the Library of Congress, WNYC, and NPR. DeShazor and Gallucci also attended meetings of the African-American and Civil Rights Caucus and the Gender and Sexuality Caucus of the RPTF, respectively.  Watch C-SPAN's coverage of Prof. Paddy Scannell's keynote address at the Radio Preservation Task Force

In April 2016, Gallucci participated on a Radio Preservation Task Force panel at the Orphans Film Symposium in Culpeper, VA, home of the Library of Congress' National Audiovisual Conservation Center. The Orphan Film Symposium is an international gathering of approximately two hundred archivists, historians, curators and artists who convene every two years to discuss "orphaned" media, or media that lacks institutional parentage. There, Gallucci spoke about our National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-funded American Women Making History and Culture, 1963-1982 preservation project, on a panel convened by Shawn VanCour on behalf of the Radio Preservation Task Force. It was a lively panel filled with a wide variety of voices from within the radio preservation community, and the American Women presentation garnered much positive feedback and interest from the audience. PRA is excited to continue our relationships with the larger audiovisual archives community!

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From the Vault 523: Chris Koch, Pacifica Legacy Journalist

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the work of legendary Pacifica journalist Chris Koch, whose recordings reflect some of the most historically significant audio footage held in the collections of Pacifica Radio Archives. Koch, who began his career at KPFA in 1960 under Arts and Literature Director John Leonard, was quick to make a name for himself on the airwaves, transitioning from the drama department to news and public affairs; his coverage, along with fellow Pacifica legend Dale Minor, of the Civil Rights and Voter Registration Movements in the South was spellbinding, as was his work as the first American journalist to report from inside North Vietnam in 1965. Koch's storied career resulted in award-winning pieces likeFreedom NowThis Little Light, and 60 Seconds to Midnight, and included interviews with some of the era's greatest luminaries and revolutionaries, such as James Baldwin and Che Guevara. Chris Koch joins us in studio as we examine his amazing run with Pacifica Radio.

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