January 18, 2022

Interviews with Authors: Nashville Public Television (NPT) Digitizes 901 Episodes of John Seigenthaler’s ‘A Word on Words’ Series

From The Tennessean:

Nashville Public Television has digitized and made available 901 episodes of renowned journalist John Seigenthaler’s series “A Word on Words.” Seigenthaler, who served as editor of The Tennessean from 1962-1989, interviewed authors on the NPT series for 40 years.


Seigenthaler’s many guests on “A Word on Words” over the years extended beyond literary figures to include a wide array of historical and cultural notables such as astronaut Alan Shepard, Rep. John Lewis and Julia Child. The digitization project got under way more than a decade ago when a cache of tapes was found in the station’s basement, according to NPT’s President & CEO Kevin Crane, who serves on American Archive’s advisory board. “Some of them, we didn’t even have machines that could play them,” Crane said. The station first made some of “A Word on Words” audio available online; now the entire shows are available.

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The digitized video recordings are available to view via the wonderful American Archive of Public Broadcasting

See Also: NPT Relaunches John Seigenthaler ‘A Word On Words’ Online Archive (via NPT) ||| Word of Words Website

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