The RPTF maintains a series of themed caucus groups that explore funding opportunities, help identify and generate metadata on relevant collections, and encourage academic study and educational uses of radio in their respective areas.
African American and Civil Rights Radio
Chair: Bala Baptiste (Miles College)
The caucus seeks to publish relevant scholarship and make publicly available materials concerning the relationship between radio, African Americans, and the Civil Rights Movement, with a particular focus on the years between 1948 and 1968.
Chair: Alejandra Bronfman (SUNY Albany)
This caucus includes professors, graduate students, librarians, archivists and independent scholars. Its members work on publications that draw from recently digitized Caribbean materials in the US, creating lesson plans and disseminating information about their collections, including planning for a series of multilingual audio essays.
College, Community, and Educational Radio
Chairs: Laura Schnitker (University of Maryland), Kate Jewell (Fitchburg State University), Jennifer Waits (Radio Survivor)
This caucus supports and promotes the preservation of college, community and educational radio archives and resources.
Please contact the caucus here: RPTF.CCER@gmail.com
Gender and Sexuality
Chair: Kathy Battles (Oakland University)
This caucus seeks to identify and preserve recorded radio sound related to LGBTQIA communities, with a specific focus on women’s voices. It works with local broadcasters and collectors, as well as activists groups connected to LGBTQIA and/or feminist education and social movements.
History of In-Studio Performances
Chair: Kate Jewell (Fitchburg State University), Miles Levy (Smithsonian Channel), Elena Razlogova (Concordia)
This caucus works with music labels to document and increase the public availability of recordings and other materials connected to musical performances aired live from radio studios and remote venues.
Chair: Inés Casillas (University of California, Santa Barbara)
This caucus focuses on identifying collections of early Spanish-language and bilingual radio, facilitates the preservation of Spanish-language and bilingual radio materials, and encourages academic and public scholarship on Spanish-language and bilingual radio for broadcasting history and culture in the United States.