Thursday, July 31, 2008

Early Radio Archives In Need of Repair

Pacific Pioneer Broadcasting has been an organization that has been interested in the preservation of old time radio memorabilia, recording, and archives.

PPB's memorabilia includes rare letters and scrapbooks, a private Orson Welles collection, rare recorders and microphones, master recordings of such shows as Gunsmoke and Lum and Abner and an extensive Los Angeles radio station KFI-AM history spanning nearly 40 years.

These treasures have been store in the Washington Mutual building at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood for many years. The significance of this location is that it used to be the original location of NBC Radio.

In December 2004 an underground transformer exploded and it is believed cancer-causing PCB's covered and damaged the extensive collection. Restoration of the collection is estimated to be as high as $750,000.

The Thousand Oaks Library plans to build a $35 million American Radio Archives with the PPB collection as a centerpiece. It is non profit and accepts donations.

If you are a fan of early radio and want to help with the restoration effort, checks specifying "PPB Archives" can be sent to the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Atten: Steve Brogden, library director.

For more information on PPB, go to

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