In Partnership with the Library of Congress’s Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF)


Finally, a place for her in historical conversations
About BWIR

This is the home of America’s first historical collection of professional women of color in media whose foundation began in terrestrial radio. The Black Women In Radio (BWIR) Historical Collection is established for educational purposes where students, researchers, scholars and the public can explore the life and legacy of women who shape radio and media culture.

Before now and throughout history, little is mentioned about the existence of women in the workplace and even less is mention about their contributions. Thanks to BWIR’s recent partnership with the Library of Congress’s Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), historical accounts of women you should know dating from the 1940’s to present are accessible for research study. The unveiling of the first inaugural group will be announced shortly.  

BWIR will continue to expand historical collections with oral histories that share complex, diverse, and compelling legacies. The collections are accompanied by audio and/or video presentations, as well as, relevant historic collectables. 

In addition to the RPTF partnership, BWIR serves and contributes to the College, Community, and Educational Radio Caucus and the African American and Civil Rights Caucus, under the umbrella of RPTF.

If you have knowledge of the artifacts, memorabilia, recordings or relatives of women broadcasters of 1940’s to 1980’s contact us at 

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