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Project preserves historic Kansas radio, television programs


February 6, 2020

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A collaborative effort is underway to preserve and make accessible historic television and radio programs produced by public media stations in Kansas.

KMUW-FM and The American Archive of Public Broadcasting said in a news release Wednesday that the online collection will be digitized from deteriorating and obsolete formats. It will showcase statewide coverage of social issues, commentary, public reporting and history from more than 70 years of archival collections in the state.

The Kansas collection consists of programs produced by KMUW, High Plains Public Radio, KPR, KPTS, KRPS, KHCC and Vietnamese Public Radio.

These programs will be the first from Kansas contributed to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Boston public media producer WGBH.

"The Kansas Public Media Preservation Project will culminate in an unprecedented audio-visual record of local response to national issues and state-specific news, culture and art from our nation's heartland," said KMUW General Manager Debra Fraser.

More than 3,000 programs are expected to be preserved during the two-year Kansas Public Media Preservation Project.

The programs will be preserved in the Library of Congress and will be accessible on the on the website of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.


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