Located within the Dr. Max Bodmer Library, the Media Center is described below.
There’s something “new” in the air of the AWA Media Center. It’s the sound of historic audio programs. AWA has created an audiovisual archival department to consolidate, catalog, shelve, and undertake the process of digitizing the thousands of hours of communications programs held by the Museum. Program material includes interviews of noteworthy technology pioneers, reports on historic technology, talks and presentations including slide shows, radio airchecks and more. These programs are stored on audio and photographic media including cylinders, disks, wire, tape, slides, films, CED disks, LaserDiscs, CDs, DVDs and files. Many of these storage media have begun a slow physical degradation so the AWA has begun to digitize them.
The AWA is exploring ways of allowing members to access select recorded assets via the Internet as licensing allows. Criss Onan is the AWA Audiovisual Archivist.
Heard in the AV Studio
Poppele was hired by Bamberger’s department store in Newark, NJ in 1922 to build a radio station for the company. Poppele later built WOR-FM, WOR-TV and several other stations and became a broadcast industry leader.
A photo essay about WOR can be seen below.
Sparkling Like A Diamond
After reading of the AWA audio archival efforts in the December issue of the Journal, AWA member Craig Maier has donated a software license for Diamond Cut Audio Restoration Tools v10.6 audio restoration tools. Maier is president of Diamond Cut Productions, Inc.: www.diamondcut.com.
The AWA invitation may have been “lost” but the AWA has a limited-edition vinyl recording of David Sarnoff and his wife’s 1967 fiftieth anniversary.
Sarnoff led RCA for about its first 50 years. He maintained that he wrote a memo referred to as “Music In A Box” that first defined radio broadcasting.
The AWA recently received a donation of a CBS Radio Net Alert system. Net Alert was a system used by CBS to alert its affiliates around the country to an upcoming news bulletin.
This particular one probably first alerted Finger Lakes residents in New York State listening to the CBS station there of the assassination of President Kennedy.
The YouTube video below is a play-back of the alert regarding the death of JFK.
So Long Bill
No Static At All
Recordings of fascinating tests in the development of FM broadcasting have been donated to the AWA. The tests were made by Major Edwin Armstrong who is credited as the developer of the wideband frequency modulation system that continues to be used by broadcasters today. Here’s a link to those test recordings: