From the WYSO Archives
6:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Rediscovered Radio: Historic Audio from the WYSO Archives

A 1963 demonstration in Yellow Springs over efforts to integrate a white-owned barbershop that wouldn’t serve black customers.
A 1963 demonstration in Yellow Springs over efforts to integrate a white-owned barbershop that wouldn’t serve black customers.
Credit courtesy of Antiochiana, Antioch College

Five years ago, here at WYSO, we found a room full of old and dusty audio tapes in a moldy basement room. They contained programs going back to WYSO’s first broadcast in 1958.

With a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and help from the Greene County Public Library, we began to catalog and digitize more than 200 hours of those tapes, and today we begin to share them with you.

All this year we’ll focus on the 60s and 70s – to show how we lived and how the country was changing.

Jocelyn Robinson, a WYSO Community Voices producer and our first-ever Archives Fellow brings us the first edition of Rediscovered Radio: Historic Audio from the WYSO Archives.

We begin in 1963, Morning Edition, All Things Considered and public radio as we know it wouldn't exist for another 8 years, yet WYSO was covering local events with an ear to their national importance.

Major support for Rediscovered Radio comes from the Ohio Humanities Council and the Greene County Public Library.