The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), created early in 2014, grew out of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan (December 2012), and seeks:
- To support collaboration between faculty researchers and archivists toward the preservation of radio history
- To develop an online inventory of extant American radio archival collections, focusing on recorded sound holdings, including research aids
- To identify and save endangered collections
- To develop pedagogical guides for utilizing radio and sound archives
- To act as a clearing house to encourage and expand academic study on the cultural history of radio through the location of grants, the creation of research caucuses, and development of metadata on extant materials
Under the direction of Christopher H. Sterling, Associate Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, and Dr. Josh Shepperd, The Catholic University of America, the RPTF has assembled more than 150 Research Associates and 300 participating archival affiliates to begin the task of identifying major collections of American radio recordings for the purpose of preservation, education, and enhanced access.