May 21, 2022

Video Recordings of Two Panel Discussions From the Radio Preservation Task Force 2 Conference Now Available Online

UPDATED March 6, 2018 More Video Recordings From the Radio Preservation Task Force 2 Conference Were Added (as Noted) Below

The Radio Preservation Task Force 2: From Archive to Classroom conference took place in Washington DC on November 2-4, 2017.

Video recordings of conference presentations/panels have just started to become available from the Library of Congress (via YouTube).

The first two videos are linked and embedded below and the complete conference program is available here.

We will update this post when more video recordings from RPTF 2 become available online.


Radio Preservation Task Force 2: Material & Digital Curation

Nationally recognized experts from academic, museum, and public sectors discussed strategies for digital and material curation of sound-based materials. Topics of discussion included presentation of preserved historical media, public engagement, and educational application.

Moderator: Matt Barton (Library of Congress and ARSC)

Charles Hardy (West Chester University and National Council on Public History)

Jonathan Hiam (New York Public Library)

Matt Karush (George Mason University and Hearing the Americas)

Elena Razlogova (Concordia University) Mark Williams (Dartmouth College and Media Ecology Project)

Thomas Witherspoon (Shortwave Radio Audio Archive)


Betsy Peterson (American Folklife Center)

Carlene Stephens (Smithsonian Museum of American History)

David Walker (Smithsonian Folklife)

Radio Preservation Task Force 2: Indigeneous/First Nations

This panel addressed one of the areas of deficiency in existing archival radio collections: indigenous/first nations radio. Presenters will discuss the logistics of actual institutional work, describe specific radio work that has captured important political or cultural events, or talk about available collections and areas of study available to researchers.

Moderator: Jenni Monet (Independent Journalist; NFCB Board Member; Laguna Pueblo)

Lina Ortega (University of Oklahoma; Sac and Fox Nation)

Michael Pahn (Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian)

Simon Moya-Smith (Indian Country Media Network & CNN; Oglala Lakota Nation and Chicano)

Loris Taylor (CEO, Native Public Media)

DISCUSSANTS: Amalia Córdova (Smithsonian Folklife)

Added March 6, 2018

Radio Preservation Task Force 2: Multiple Sessions (Morning)

Three morning sessions covered radio history research, Spanish and multilingual radio, and radio archives in the Caribbean.

Radio History 

The two most influential American radio scholars of the past 30 years describe their visions for the future of radio studies, and answer questions from the audience.

Moderator: Alexander Russo (Society for Cinema and Media Studies & CUA)

Susan Douglas (University of Michigan)

Michele Hilmes (University of Wisconsin)

Spanish and Multi-Lingual Radio (Begins 1:00:57)

This session will bring together scholars and practitioners of Spanish language/bilingual radio to discuss the importance of Spanish language radio to immigrant listeners, and the institutional challenges involved in creating and/ or accessing Spanish-language archives. Emphasis in this session will be on community and public radio, bilingual and Spanish language. This session will be followed by the Caribbean/Latin American session, described below.

Chair and Moderator: Inés Casillas (UC-Santa Barbara)

Mari Castañeda (University of Massachusetts)

Amalia Córdova (Smithsonian Folklife)

Hugo Morales (Executive Director, Radio Bilingue)

Rosa Ramón (KDNA) Magaly Rivera (Latino Public Radio Consortium)

Monica de la Torre (Arizona State University)


Joy Hayes (University of Iowa)

Caribbean (Begins 1:00:57)

This session, which follows immediately after the Spanish Language/Bilingual radio session above, focuses on preservation of and access to radio archives in the Caribbean and other parts of Latin America. This session will include archivists and librarians from Duke and Tulane Universities, both of whom digitized major audio collections of radio from Haiti and Cuba. Focus on the challenges and strategies for preservation of non-US radio collections.

Chair and Moderator: Alejandra Bronfman (SUNY-Albany)

Craig Breaden (Duke University)

Christine Hernandez (Tulane University)

Antonio Pereira (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)

Jeff Rubin (Tulane University)


Robert Horton (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Mireya Loza (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Added March 6, 2018

Radio Preservation Task Force 2: Commercial Caucus

The Commercial Caucus brings together representatives from the commercial broadcasting community with scholars, educators, and preservationists to discuss ways commercial organizations are currently preserving — and plan to preserve — their audio heritage. The discussion will consider ways that the commercial radio broadcast community and the RPTF can build a symbiotic relationship that will insure both preservation and access to important cultural materials in the future.

Chair and Moderator: Michael Socolow (University of Maine)

Noah Arceneaux (San Diego State University)

Heather Birks (Broadcast Education Association)

Kathy Fuller-Seeley (University of Texas)

Alex Kupfer (Vassar College)

Ross Melnick (UC-Santa Barbara)

Cynthia Meyers (College of Mt. St. Vincent)

Mary Ann Watson (Eastern Michigan University)


Michael Freedman (CBS and University of Maryland)

Sam Litzinger (CBS)

Shawn Vancour (UCLA)

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