Audio recordings of US history are disappearing

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The Associated Press: Study: Audio recordings of US history fading fast

From the article:

"New digital recordings of events in U.S. history and early radio shows are at risk of being lost much faster than older ones on tape and many are already gone, according to a study on sound released Wednesday.

Even recent history — such as recordings from 9/11 or the 2008 election — is at risk because digital sound files can be corrupted, and widely used CD-R discs only last three to five years before files start to fade, said study co-author Sam Brylawski." ...

... "The first comprehensive study of the preservation of sound recordings in the U.S. being released by the Library of Congress also found many historical recordings already have been lost or can't be accessed by the public. That includes most of radio's first decade from 1925 to 1935.

Shows by singers Duke Ellington and Bing Crosby, as well as the earliest sports broadcasts, are already gone." ...


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... Not to mention the fate of the Dumont Television Network archives...

The DuMont Television Network was launched in 1946 and ceased broadcasting in 1956.
By the 1970s, however, the DuMont archive was considered worthless – so much so that all remaining kinescopes and videotapes were loaded into three trucks and dumped into Upper New York Bay.
List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network

List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
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