Riverside Archives WRVR Digitization Project
Beyond Vietnam, along with five other audio recordings featuring Dr. King delivering sermons from The Riverside Church pulpit, were digitized as part of a larger joint project between The Riverside Church and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. In 2018, The Riverside Church Archives received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize, preserve, and make publicly accessible previously unavailable audio recordings from the collection of the radio station WRVR-FM. Owned and operated by The Riverside Church from 1961 to 1976, WRVR-FM became the first public radio station to win a Peabody Award for its entire programming in 1963, in part for its coverage of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham, AL.
Help Edit WRVR Transcripts
You’re invited to help The Riverside Church Archives make its historic WRVR collection more accessible! In 2018 the Archives began preserving and digitizing thousands of culturally significant WRVR public radio programs from between 1961 and 1971. Many of the era’s notable civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, were recorded at Riverside and broadcast to the New York City area. This collection is now available in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting with over 300 computer-generated transcripts.
Nervous about diving right in? The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has training resources with helpful tips and demonstrations.