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The American Radio Archives include: scripts, sound recordings, books, photographs, personal papers, correspondence, and other materials that vividly reflect the history of radio and television broadcasting. Although the Archives primarily follow radio history, some cross-over with television is inevitable as many radio shows continued into television, and many radio professionals went on to work in television.

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The Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and the Thousand Oaks Library

The Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters (PPB), founded in 1966 to preserve the memory of West Coast broadcasting in the "golden age" of radio, have collected some of the most interesting and famous radio scripts, memorabilia and sound recordings from American broadcasting history. The PPB collections include about 10,000 individual scripts, 20,000 transcription discs, and 20,000 tapes. These materials document a major part of the history of radio broadcasting. The American Radio Archives formed a joint venture with the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters in January 2001 to provide a permanent home for the PPB collections. In April, 2014, the collection was donated to the Library Foundation, which has begun a program to organize and preserve the items.

Future plans include developing community partnerships to provide education about the history of broadcasting, and development of space to house and exhibit the collections.

For more information about the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, please visit their website at http://www.ppbwebsite.org.


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