Digitizing Voices in the Wind

Grant to: National Public Radio (2019)


An award in the amount of $10,000.00 to National Public Radio in 2019.


“Voices in the Wind established NPR’s reputation as the leading curator of the arts,” says Bill Siemering, NPR’s founding Programming Director and a former contributor to Voices in the Wind. “There was no other place in broadcasting where listeners could hear the voices of so many writers and other artists during this period.” In 255 episodes and over 2100 story segments, host Oscar Brand interviewed such luminaries as James Baldwin, Merle Haggard, Alice Walker, John Lennon, Aaron Copland, Gamble Rogers, Henry Fonda, Ansel Adams, Pete Seeger, Letta Mbulu, Margaret Atwood, Marlene Dietrich, Alvin Ailey, Elia Kazan, Patti Smith, David Mamet, Claudette Colbert, Fred Rogers, Dolly Parton, Edward Gorey, Nikki Giovanni, Itzhak Perlman, Marian Anderson, Shel Silverstein and Lucille Clifton. That is anyone’s idea of diversity and range.

About the NRPF

The National Recording Preservation Foundation (NRPF) is an independent, charitable organization and registered 501(c)(3) entity. The NRPF works across the United States to foster awareness of the diverse perspectives and communities documented in audio, to support the preservation of historical and at-risk audio collections, and to coordinate resources for the digital preservation of audio recordings. The NRPF was mandated through federal charter by the U.S. Congress under the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-474) and was thereafter duly incorporated in 2010.

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