Monday, November 22, 2010

RFE broadcast from Hungarian revolution digitized

The RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) Broadcast Collection at Stanford’s Hoover Institution contains some 80,000 studio tape reels of Radio Free Europe (RFE) and Radio Liberty (RL) broadcasts. Now, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team of RFE affiliates, it also contains rare log tapes (low-quality recordings of shortwave transmitter output) for the crucial three weeks of the Hungarian Revolution (October 19 – November 13, 1956).

During this era, log tapes were routinely reused (no others have been preserved), but thanks to historical accident and modern technology, the complete recordings of every RFE broadcast hour from that momentous period are now available in digitized form at the Hoover Archives at Stanford University and the Hungarian National Szechenyi Library. While the transcripts of many of these programmes aired during those three weeks of 1956 have long been available, the recovered 1956 log tapes provide the only complete audio record of RFE’s broadcasts at that time.
(R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)

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