Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Present: BWIR Honors Black Radio’s Rich History

The LEGENDS Collection and the Black Women in Radio National Historic Collection and Oral History Project are two national black radio heritage treasures that guide us through the untold stories of resilience, determination, adversity, and triumph. 

These collections deliver unique perspectives from the men and women who have helped shape black radio culture. The Black Women in Radio National Historic Collection and Oral History Project is especially significant as it resolves one of the biggest archival oversights in American history, as it is the largest contemporary collection for black women broadcasters. 

As these collections continue to grow, we can all play a part by following, joining, participating, and donating to BWIRHS. 

If you have a piece of black radio history, we encourage you to let us know and contribute to these important collections. Through these treasures, we add value to Black History and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the impact of black radio and the individuals who have dedicated their lives to it. Contact BWIR HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC at




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 White House Invite Plus Library of Congress Presentations Signal Importance of Preserving Black Voices

Before Black Women in Radio (BWIR) revealed its much-anticipated National Historic Collection and Oral History Project, the Inaugural 30 met with President Biden’s Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre, and Public Engagement Director Steve Benjamin.

Radio professionals traveled from all over the country for the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) Conference April 27-29, 2023, at the Library of Congress. 

The BWIR Collection revealed thirty-nine stellar professionals known as the distinguished “Inaugural 30” and each woman’s unique contributions to radio on a local, regional, and national scale. Curator and BWIR Founder Felèsha Love announced plans a national traveling exhibit. To donate click the Donations button. Business and corporate donors request more information at   Photo

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Introducing the new Radio LEGENDS Collection Research Project

Black Women In Radio (BWIR), and the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board investigate unexplored radio culture impacting industry, advertising, and music through sound in a new contemporary project called LEGENDS: The Evolution and Legacy of Black Radio Culture.

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