BWIR and RPTF to Launch New Historical Collection Project, LEGENDS: The Evolution and Legacy of Black Radio Culture

Feb. 9, 2023

Black Women in Radio (BWIR) and the Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of
Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board will officially launch a new sound
and oral history project during the 2023 RPTF Conference. The collection, LEGENDS:
The Evolution and Legacy of Black Radio Culture, led by BWIR Founder Felèsha Love, is a comprehensive study about radio culture through sound, pivotal historical socio-
political challenges, and collectables from the people who helped shape Black radio and music culture.

An expert panel of radio experts, and scholars on the LEGENDS Committee will be
joined by LEGENDS collection contributors for The State of Black Radio panel, as well
as, the LEGENDS panel to talk about the importance of this work to education and the
broadcast industry. The panel will discuss parallel timelines between radio and music
from Jack Cooper’s 20th Century All Negro Hour to 21st Century Podcasting.

The much-anticipated RPTF Annual Conference has attracted the enthusiasm of
America’s most influential veteran broadcasters, radio station owners, and C-suite
executives traveling from across the country for the first time to attend the launch on the Friday of the conference. The 2023 RPTF Conference is scheduled April 27-30, 2023, at the Library of Congress.

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