Save Our Sound Tour

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Throughout the journey from LA to Philly, the intrepid travelers -- executive director Brian DeShazor, operations director Mark Torres and office administrator Shawn Dellis, along with videographer David Groth -- filed reports (with photos, audio and video) in the S.O.S. tour blog.

The S.O.S. tour had four main goals:

  • Tape preservation: Hand-carry the one-of-a-kind tapes to the Safe Sound Archive for preservation.
  • Community outreach: Spend time with Pacifica and affiliate stations en route, to introduce the Archives' collection to staff and programmers and to help raise funds for the tour and the preservation effort. Station destinations: KPFA (Berkeley, CA), KFAI (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN), WORT (Madison, WI), KGNU (Boulder, CO) KVNF (Paonia, CO), and KZMU (Moab, UT).
  • Increased access: To make the Archives' collection more available to academia, visit selected universities (Temple, Howard, Naropa, and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) and donate copies of recordings. Subject areas of these programs include African-American and Native American studies, and the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, with rare audio of rare audio of W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ossie Davis, Angela Davis and others.
  • Environmental education: Launch an educational initiative that starts with the planting of Archives' CDs into Geocache boxes across the country. The CDs, featuring recordings related to the preservation of the environment, will make their own trips across the country, informing listeners as they go, while Geocache tracks their route. Among the voices featured on these programs are those of Rachel Carson, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Jacques Cousteau, Barry Commoner and more.

This project was supported in part by the Pacifica Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Recording Academy, the Ford Foundation, UC Berkeley/Moffit Library Vietnam Project and donations from Pacifica Network listeners.