Ask the Archivist: Another Radio Call-In Show!

by Sally J.

Great news! The Practical Archivist is celebrating Archives Month by taking over the airwaves once again.

On Monday, October 15th I’ll be co-hosting another radio call-in program on our local community radio station WORT-FM. This time around, photo archivist David Benjamin will join me. David is the Visual Materials archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. He’s also one of my favorite people in the world. We are going to have a LOT of fun on this show, folks.

While part of the content will be determined by your questions, we promise to provide tips on how to organize and downsize your photographs. David and I are both hard-core advocates for the need to purge family photos.

Don’t panic, my genealogy friends! We’re not talking about your oldest and rarest treasures. Nope. We’re talking about the 60,000 vacation slides you still have from 1964. The great-great grandkids aren’t going to want all of them. They just aren’t.

Another topic we’ll be certain to cover is how important migration is if you want to preserve your digital photos. For better or worse, the days of tossing photos in a box, stashing them in the closet and forgetting about ‘em are long gone.

Got a question for the archivists? WORT has a live web stream and a toll-free number, which means you can call us live on the air from anywhere in the U.S. — even if you don’t live in Madison, Wisconsin.

We can answer questions about taking care of photographs, letters, diaries, family bibles, home movies and digital records of any kind. We would LOVE to hear from you!

You can also post a question to the comments section here on the Practical Archivist blog. David and I will bring those questions with us and will answer them if the phones aren’t ringing off the hook. (Something we both fear and dread.) Questions that don’t get answered on the air will go into the queue for our new Ask the Archivist feature. How’s that for win-win?

Is there any special reason why this show is airing in October? Yep, there is. David and I thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate Archives Month in Wisconsin. We love teaching folks how to protect their one-of-a-kind family archives from the ravages of time.

Organizing and Preserving Your Family Treasures
Radio Call-In Show
WORT 89.9 FM :: Madison, WI
Monday, October 15th, 2007
7:00-8:00pm Central Time
Toll Free Number: (866) 899-9678

Listen to WORT’s Live Web Stream here:
http://wort-fm.org/listen.php

Not sure what time we’ll be on the air where you live?

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Wait! I can’t listen live on Monday night. Will a recording be available? WORT will record the show. It will be available for free on WORT’s website for a few weeks. I’ll keep you posted on how to get a copy.

Some of you may remember that I also hosted a similar call-in show earlier this year with my buddy Lisa sitting in as my Ed McMahon. I have a recording of that show which I will attempt to upload to my Jacobs Archival website. I’ll post a note here when it’s available.
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