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NAB And LABF To Host Webinar On Preserving Broadcast History.

The NAB and the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) will host a webinar on the importance of documenting and preserving broadcast history for future generations.

The online event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 2pm and features LABF Co-Chair Jack Goodman and NAB Executive VP of Industry Affairs April Carty-Sipp, who will encourage broadcasters to catalogue their stations’ history. The webinar will also provide guidance for stations regarding what they should save, best practices for creating an inventory, and where to store the data and information.

Experts from the University of Maryland’s Special Collections and University Archives will share potential repositories for broadcast collections and items, as well as offer guidance related to the digitization of materials. Laura Schnitker, Ph.D., C.A., curator, Mass Media & Culture, will share her expertise on media preservation during the presentation, followed by a Q&A with Mike Henry, reference specialist at the Library of American Broadcasting.

Registration for the webinar is available here.

Additionally, the LABF and the NAB will host a session during NAB Show New York on Oct. 26 at 9am titled “Your Content is King: Preserve It!” moderated by ABC Audio national correspondent Steven Portnoy.

Also, at the NAB Show New York, the inaugural LABF Excellence in Broadcast Preservation Award will be presented to broadcasting archivist David Gleason in recognition of his dedication and commitment to preserving broadcast history.

The webinar and conference session coincide with the year-long celebration of the centennial anniversary of the NAB and the NAB Show.

“As we celebrate broadcasting’s legacy of service to our nation and reflect on the incredible milestones from the past century, this is a timely reminder of the importance of documenting our history,” Carty-Sipp said in a release. “We are excited to help local radio and television stations preserve and share touchstone moments, programs, and reporting that have shaped our culture while we look ahead to the next century of broadcasting.”

Library of American Broadcasting Foundation Co-Chair and Beasley Media Group Chief Communications Officer Heidi Raphael added, “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with NAB to offer this important webinar highlighting the importance of preserving, protecting, and repurposing our treasured broadcasting content for future generations.”

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