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NARA Intends on Digitizing their Radio Broadcasts Audios

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A few weeks ago I emailed NARA inquiring about the possibility of having them digitizing their JFK audio collection which is available only on 70s audio cassettes and 1963 reels. They replied that they intend to digitize this year their RG #272 collection which includes the audio reels of various live broadcasts of Dallas and Fort Worth-area radio stations that probably none of us ever heard. Right now you have to either order them which is costly or go to NARA and copy them yourself or pray that someone will post what they have in their private collection. In Washington in 2018 I was able to listen to one of them, briefly, but my time was up on this Friday late afternoon. What I saw listed were WRR, KIXL, KSKY, KVIL, and KXOL.

"Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding audio recordings that you have obtained from the National Archives related to the JFK assassination. As you may be aware, these recordings exist in a variety of different Record Groups, and their quality levels can vary widely depending on the source, format, conditions of the original recordings, and circumstances surrounding the capture of the original recordings”

”We do have on our Branch's work plan for this fiscal year an intention to digitize the audio recordings of the Warren Commission collection (NARA RG # 272), but outside of that we do not have current plans to systematically digitize other JFK audio collections. "

They asked me if there any audio outside RG272 that I consider worth a digitizing. I replied that the HSCA interviews of Frazier and Lovelady would certainly be worth it. 

This is what I was able to obtain from a different source. I uploaded it on my YouTube website. You will see what broadcasts they have while you watch the video.

 

 

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Thanks for your responses. The digitizing should have been done decades ago. At one point in the 80s they started transferring the audio on micro cassettes. They gave up on the project. They don't even have micro cassette readers!

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16 hours ago, Denis Morissette said:

A few weeks ago I emailed NARA inquiring about the possibility of having them digitizing their JFK audio collection. .... They replied that they intend to digitize this year their RG #272 collection which includes the audio reels of various live broadcasts of Dallas and Fort Worth-area radio stations that probably none of us ever heard. .... What I saw listed were WRR, KIXL, KSKY, KVIL, and KXOL.

That's great, Denis. Thanks for the info.

The only station you mentioned above that is currently part of my own collection is KXOL. I'm always looking for more, so this digitization project from NARA comes as good news to me.

It's interesting that someone from NARA actually asked for your opinion about what things should be digitized. Quite surprising. But nice.

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Thanks David. I didn’t know you had KXOL. Any exclusive audio of KXOL or are they just broadcasted stuff from other media organizations?

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4 hours ago, Denis Morissette said:

Thanks David. I didn’t know you had KXOL. Any exclusive audio of KXOL...?

Yes. It's all from the local KXOL (Fort Worth) announcers/reporters (64 minutes total, some of it from 11/24)....

http://jfk-assassination-as-it-happened.blogspot.com/2013/11/kxol-radio.html

 

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