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Group W (the Westinghouse Broadcasting Co.) audio tapes

 Collection 0492-MMC
The approximately 2,100 audio tapes in the Group W collection provide a comprehensive look at worldwide events delivered over the radio from 1957-1982. The content of the tapes consists of national news feeds, programs and interviews produced by the Group W Washington bureau. It includes voice cuts and speeches from politicians and activists during events of national and international significance such as the Civil Rights movement, the Cold War and the Space Race, the Vietnam War, the anti-war movement and the Watergate crisis.

A detailed inventory of the collection is available under the preliminary inventories/additional description tab.

Dates

  • 1957-1982

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Extent

2100 tape_reels

Biographical / Historical

Westinghouse Broadcasting Company was the broadcasting division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which owned several TV and radio stations in the U.S. They began their own radio news bureau, based in Washington, D.C., in 1957. The company, renamed Group W in 1963, became known for its commitment to news and public affairs. This included successful all-news radio stations in three major markets. According to the Encyclopedia of Radio , "Although not first with the format, Group W was the first to make it a lasting success in major markets."

Despite being among the leading radio stations in their cities, the three all-news stations were only marginally profitable. The Washington staff of 20 correspondents – comparable in size to the bureaus of the major networks – became too costly to maintain. In late 1975, Group W dismissed seven correspondents from its Washington bureau and began negotiating with outside services for news coverage. Those seven reporters had been assigned full‐time to cover the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Judiciary, the State Department, the Pentagon and other institutions of government. Sid Davis, who managed the bureau, continued to cover the White House.

The Washington news bureau closed in the 1980s and by the late 1990s, a series of mergers and acquisitions resulted in the complete disappearance of Westinghouse Broadcasting/Group W into other broadcast operations.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Digital copies must be used. If no copy exisits, one must be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit.

Custodial History

In 1982 the Broadcast Pioneers Library, in the building of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C., took possession of the tapes. The Broadcast Pioneers Library moved to the University of Maryland in late 1994.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some tapes from the collection have been digitized and are available via the University of Maryland's digital collections: https://digital.lib.umd.edu. Use the search term "Group W audio collection".
Title
Guide to the Group W (the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company) audio tapes
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid created by Joanne Archer, James Baxter and Adam Gray.
Date
2019-05-23
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Library

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University of Maryland Libraries
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College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212