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Those of us who work in radio are proud it has such a long and interesting history…

SOT – Edward R. Murrow, CBS News Correspondent
“This is Edward Murrow speaking from Vienna. It’s now nearly 2:30 in the morning and Herr Hitler has not yet arrived…” (:07)

But there’s a problem: Radio, by its very nature, is ephemeral. That makes its history a little hard to document.

A conference going on in Washington, DC is helping to make the airwaves a bit more solid.

More after this…

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It’s called The Radio Preservation Task Force, and its mission is to help save radio’s heritage.

A lot of us in radio are concerned mostly with the here and now – breaking news or a show that goes on the air in an hour or two. We’re often not too good at preserving our past for the future.

The Radio Preservation Task Force is looking at the best ways to find and preserve our sonic archives. The Library of Congress effort wants to make sure all those sounds are going to be around for listeners of the future.

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Organizations like NPR, The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Paley Center for Media – they’re all working on it.

The task force is meeting in Washington, DC to see what’s been done and what more there is to do.

Newspapers have been pretty good about saving their past.

Now, the plan is to make radio’s history just as accessible…

SOT – Charles Osgood, on WCBS-AM in 1967
“Good morning, this is Charles Osgood, Newsradio 88. Boats and planes… (fades)” (:04)

Say, that radio guy’s pretty historically significant, I think!

The Osgood File. Sam Litzinger on the CBS Radio Network.