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WRPI Radio Station records

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Administrative Records

Broadcasts

Station Logs



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WRPI Radio Station records, 1947-1989

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Collection Overview

Title: WRPI Radio Station records, 1947-1989Add to your cart.

Extent: 5.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Arranged in three series:

Series I, Administrative Records, consists of five sub-series: Minutes, Correspondence, Programming, Proposals, and Miscellany. The first four sub-series are arranged in chrononologal order while Miscellany is arranged alphabetically.

Series II, Broadcasts, has two sub-series, Peace Radio Broadcasts, and 30th Anniversary which are arranged alphabetically by broadcast title.

Series III, WRPI Station Logs, are arranged chronologically.

Collection processed by: J. Kuba

Abstract

Records include fraternity and dorm proposals (1954); meeting minutes (1953-1972); correspondence (1958-1973); maintenance logs (1956-1961), editorials (1971-1972); technical notes (1971-1972); WRPI Handbook (1947-1972); report concerning Rho Tau (1955-1963); photos (before 1980); and audio recordings of WRPI radio broadcasts dating from 1985 to 1989.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The WRPI Radio Station records (AC 34) consist of material related to WRPI's activities, primarily programming between 1950-1989. Most notably, the records include meeting minutes and budget proposals. Within this timeframe, WRPI gained susbstantial listenership in Troy due in part to WRPI's transition in 1947 with new leadership established by RPI Electrical Engineering student Carl J. Kunz, Jr.. Kunz started the Rensselaer Broadcasting Association, which led WRPI to be one of the most popular student run radio stations in the region. Records documenting their space and planning agendas between 1950-1965 emphasize the stations desire to increase the listener community. Having started out as an AM station, by 1956 WRPI proposed a move to FM. After getting approval from RPI and the FCC, WRPI began broadcasting at 91.5 FM on November 1, 1957.

Furthermore, a collection of audio recordings of WRPI broadcasts dating from 1985-1989 from their program series entitled "Peace Radio Broadcasts" is included along with the 30th Anniversary broadcast of RPI alum speakers remarking  on WHAZ and W2SZ history in addition to other topics.

Collection Historical Note

WRPI radio began in 1920 under the name WHAZ-AM, the RPI-owned AM radio station. With limited broadcast time in the early years, WRPI began making more of an impact on the listening community around 1947 when Carl J. Kunz, JR, a student in the Electrical Engineering Department began the Rensselaer Broadcasting Association, a new group responsible for a large portion of WRPI’s broadcasting schedule. Eventually WRPI gained a substantial listenership and was the only radio station in the 1960s that focused on popular-music FM station in the area. Further still, WRPI laid claim to the region by taking their programming further, becoming a progressive rock station in the late 1960s. By the 1970s other stations became progressive rock and WRPI returned to the free-form format remaining stable for approximately 35 years. WRPI is still a student run radio station today.

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: WRPI Radio Station. records, AC 34. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Other URL: http://wrpi.org/history


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Administrative Records, 1953-1980],
[Series II: Broadcasts],
[Series III: Station Logs, 1993-1996],
[All]

Series II: BroadcastsAdd to your cart.
Subseries A: Peace Radio BroadcastAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Benjamin Ferencz on Peace in the Nuclear Age, Dec. 4, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 2: Betty Friedan - Reel #1, May 17, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 3: Betty Friedan - Reel #2, May 17, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 4: Bill Ford and Dan Driscoll on Central America, June 15, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 5: Dick Gregory at RPI McNeil room - Reel #1, March 1985Add to your cart.
Item 6: Dick Gregory at RPI McNeil room - Reel #2, March 1985Add to your cart.
Item 7: Edgar Chamarro on Nicaragua, Sept. 21, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 8: Fr. Martin Jenco: A Hostage speaks out, Sept. 21, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 9: Interview with Dr. Robert Bowman, June 30, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Losing the War Against Cancer", Oct. 18, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 11: Noam Chomsky on PBS's " Late night America, Jan. 14, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 12: Richard Washington on " The Origin of Terror ", Nov. 17, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 13: "Profile without Production ", Seymour Helman on defense spending, Siena College talk, Jan. 27, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 14: Tilly and Michaelson, June 16,1985Add to your cart.
Item 15: "The Unions and El Salvador " - Reel #1, March 26, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 16: "The Unions and El Salvador " - Reel #2, March 26, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 17: Vivian Garnick on Women in Science, April 1985Add to your cart.
Item 18: "Women and Children under Apartheid ", June 28, 1987Add to your cart.
Subseries B: 30th AnniversaryAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ralph Asher '58, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Jimmy Barnett, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Herb Dahm '56, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Jim Fulton '57, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Bob Henrickson, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Lester Hockgraf '26, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Ken Lerites '74, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Doug Mercer '77, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 9: John New '77, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Bob Oldendorf '77, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Chuck Phelan '67, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Maureen Regan '77, undatedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Administrative Records, 1953-1980],
[Series II: Broadcasts],
[Series III: Station Logs, 1993-1996],
[All]

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