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CLIR Grant Enables WHYY to Archive “Fresh Air”

Project was one of 19 selected from 92 grant applications

Philadelphia National Public Radio affiliate WHYY(FM) says the organization has been awarded a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to create an open archive of its four decades of “Fresh Air With Terry Gross” content. WHYY is the producer of the show.

“The program’s diversity of topics and interviewees makes ‘Fresh Air’ an invaluable resource and we are thrilled to begin the process of making the collection accessible,” said WHYY President/CEO Bill Marrazzo in a press release.

WHYY’s Fresh Air Hidden Collection project was one of only 19 selected from a total of 92 grant applications.

Over the course of two years, $254,769 will be given to WHYY in order to establish the digital archive comprising 8,000 programs with input from Drexel University archival consultants. A search and cataloguing system will be generated and will include a metadata base that uses standards set by Online Computer Library Center. Additionally, the collection will eventually be made internationally accessible via global catalog of libraries, WorldCat.

“We recently completed the mammoth task of transferring our collection of deteriorating audio tape to digital media, preserving thousands of interviews, some dating back to the mid ’70s,” said Danny Miller, co-executive producer of “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”