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.

Help Correct Transcripts

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WRVR Digital Collection

The WRVR-FM (Riverside Radio) Collection includes more than 3,500 digitized radio programs created by WRVR-FM, a public radio station owned and operated by The Riverside Church in the City of New York that began broadcasting on January 1, 1961, and continued as a commercial radio station from September 1971 until 1976.

Thanks to grants from American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), we are pleased to make our digitized collection available to the public.  You are invited to explore the WVRV Collection, which spans 1961-1973 and includes a wide variety of programming:  progressive religious and philosophical discussions, sermons, speeches, and event coverage.  Highlights include documentary coverage of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham in 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous Beyond Vietnam speech, and over 1,000 episodes of Just Jazz with Ed Beach.

Explore the WRVR Collection