PITTSBURGH—Duquesne University has received almost $125,000 for a project aimed at preserving a collection of Pittsburgh-area radio broadcast materials to coincide with the centennial of radio broadcasting in 2019–2020, a release explained.
The university will work with the National Museum of Broadcasting, based in Pittsburgh. The NMB has materials but no current facility.
NMB Board member Rick Harris said, “Out of Pittsburgh came voice radio, commercial and shortwave broadcasting, the first national and international networks, electronic television and public broadcasting. NMB’s ultimate goal is the establishment of a major broadcasting and technology museum in Pittsburgh.”
Harris will work with Duquesne’s university archivist, Thomas White, on the collection of “hours of radio broadcasts; papers chronicling the early years of radio; artifacts; archival materials; and the dismantled garage of radio pioneer Frank Conrad, where the first radio broadcasts took place.”
Duquesne President Ken Gormley added, “We hope that organizing and preserving this important collection will help create a treasure trove of information for researchers and scholars of history.”
The $124,291 in funding comes from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education.