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 520 Remembering Erik Bauersfeld

In this episode of From the Vault we remember longtime KPFA Drama & Literature Director Erik Bauersfeld, who passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Bauersfeld was a talented voice-over actor and radio drama producer, who blessed Pacifica Radio with an incredible legacy spanning six decades. Among his many notable accomplishments in radio and film, Bauersfeld voiced the part of Admiral Ackbar in the third film of the 'original' Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi.

Our tribute to Bauersfeld today will highlight two of his superb recordings held in the collection at Pacifica Radio Archives. We begin with the 1967 dramatic reading of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, starring Martin and Nancy Ponch, Chris Lighthill, Shirley Jones, Toby Halpern, and Erik Bauersfeld as the "Ridiculous Man." We then listen to a 1967 radio performance of two monologues Bauersfeld adapted from Dorothy Parker's Arrangement in Black and White and But the One on My Right, starring Ann Content and Norma Jean Wanvig.

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