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.�