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
This caucus promotes the study of audio media relevant to the struggle for civil rights, aids in the preservation of related artifacts and archival materials, publishes analyses of historical and contemporary sound media, and shares such information with the public.
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.
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
Chairs: Kathleen Battles, Oakland University
Tanya Zuk, Georgia State 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.
Chairs: 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.
Caucus temporarily on hiatus.
Chairs: Inés Casillas, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sonia Robles, University of Delaware
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.