Black Women in Radio (BWIR) Establishes Historic Collection Framework with America’s Distinguished Inaugural 30

Black Women In Radio (BWIR) is celebrating another milestone. Congratulations to our distinguished inaugural group of 30 professional broadcasters whose contributions are being preserved in partnership with the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force and the AUCC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 

“We have been intentional about making a significant contribution to education and research. I am pleased to have earned these partnerships to expand our efforts with such a distinguished group of scholars, archivists, collectors, and researchers,” said BWIR Founder Felèsha Love.

The inaugural collection celebrates the careers and legacies of 30 radio luminaries whose careers are rooted in national and local commercial radio, including Founder and Chair of Urban One Cathy Hughes, Media Icon and Celebrity Coach Dyana Williams, and Syndicated Radio Personalities DeDe McGuire, Jasmine Sanders and  Angela Yee. Atlanta radio veterans include Carol Blackmon, Joyce Littel, Rashan Ali,  Rene Miller, Angela Greene, and Michelle Meeks are also among the distinguished 30. Hundreds of hours of audio, video, interviews, photos, and precious mementos were donated to offer an intimate lens at both the struggles and triumphs of Black women in radio and media. Additionally, a special oral history section was curated to benefit students and scholars in multi-disciplinary education.

“The BWIR collection is an integral part of preserving the history and significant contributions of minority women in radio,” says Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director, AUC Woodruff Library. “Love’s work provides the Atlanta University Center and scholars around the globe with access to primary-sourced materials for learning and research. It is a welcomed addition to the Library’s Archives Research Center.”

“The RPTF was excited to learn about the independent collections maintained by BWIR members, as well as podcasting initiatives to help publicly share materials from these collections and raise awareness of the rich contributions made by Black women to radio past and present,” says Dr. Shawn VanCour, Director, Radio Preservation Task Force and the  National Recording Preservation Board of the United States Library of Congress. “We encourage your members to share information about their collections for inclusion in our National Radio Recordings Database.”

The RPTF was created by the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) in 2014 to facilitate preservation of, scholarship on, and educational uses of radio materials held by formal collecting institutions and private collectors throughout the country. In addition to the partnership, BWIR actively participates in themed caucus groups and provides collections for inclusion in the Library of Congress National Radio Recordings Database and educational projects. See article here.

The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library partners with the nation’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities: Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College to provide information management, instruction and access to global information resources in support of teaching and learning, scholarship and cultural preservation of the AUC. The Library is the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Home to a premier Archives Research Center, the Library provides collaborative leadership in preservation, access and collection development of unique archival resources documenting African American history and culture. To learn more, visit www.auctr.edu.

The collection will add more broadcasters annually. If you are interested in participating, have information about others with historic  photos and artifacts from 1950 – 1999 and 2000 – present, contact Felèsha Love at blackwomeninradio@gmail.com

Black Women In Radio (BWIR) is successfully connecting thousands of minority women from multi-generations to celebrate professional contributions to radio culture.

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