operates as does a library.
You may read
Documents are copy
of the old yearbooks and magazines is just one
factor in my decision to try to preserve the
heritage of radio's premier publication. The
other is the fact that most libraries are short
on space and funding. This means that seldom
used publications are sold to eBay merchants and
every day that passes there are fewer places
where this information can be obtained. Most of
these specialized publications were not
microfilmed... and who has a film reader at
This site is
my small contribution to the industry and
profession that have given me challenges, joy,
frustration and, of course, an income for half a
Few Libraries have these
the magazine, has evolved and now focuses on
cable and syndication; the latest publisher has
not offered any service for the students and
devotees of radio's history and heritage.
The Yearbook is very hard to find (a
trial search in the huge LA metro
for several 80's and 90's issues
came up with no surviving copies). As
library access is now scarce and generally
incomplete and no alternative exists I have
tried to fill in this very obvious void.
Hopefully, at some time the publisher will
create an electronic archive. Until such time, I
will share my collection and attempt to keep
building it. White's, Radex and Radio Daily are
long gone, as is the SAMS / Jones log. I am
attempting to build a full archive of these
I am missing
the 1936, 1937, 1939,
1940, 1942 and 1947 Broadcasting
Yearbooks and the 1954 Radio Annual.
There are missing Radex, White's
Logs and RCA Broadcast News that can
be seen from the numbered lists on
each of those publications pages. Check your attic or
garage. Look in the storage room at the transmitter.
Ask at our local library; seldom consulted reference
books are often discarded or sold in bulk.
Help me find and preserve
these books for others to study and
enjoy. Whether you wish to sell them
or donate them or just to help track
them down, you can help me preserve
the history of radio and these harder and harder to
Since this is
a free site,
as it always will be, many have asked, "why do
you do it?" since some of the Yearbooks have
cost as much as $1,000 on eBay.
Simply put, I
celebrated 50 years in radio in 2009, and this
endeavor is a small way to preserve the
memories, the heritage and the events of that
industry, particularly at a time when the death
of our medium is so broadly predicted.