Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Help Barry Mishkind, the Eclectic Engineer

Barry is a radio geek, perhaps king of the radio geeks. He maintains the amazingly informative among other things.

The mission of his site is to collect and preserve historical and current information, graphics, printed materials, and whatever else can be accumulated to help radio enthusiasts, researchers, and students find information on the background and history of the industry.

Over the past seven years, he's been involved in a project to develop historical data on the pioneer radio stations in the US. A great deal of information has been gathered from the 1982 FCC microfiches and other sources, but a lot of history remains out there to be uncovered and preserved. While it is fairly easy to find some information about KDKA or KQW, for example, there are many stations for which those interested have few, or no, sources available.

Ultimately, he intends to produce a reference book that will be of value to those wanting to know about the stations and people that pioneered the industry. The plan is to trace as many stations as possible from their inception to today, including those which went dark over the years. Additionally, I want to develop a "resource index" that will direct historians, researchers, and students seeking further information to the locations around the country where different archives are maintained.

It is a bold goal, but one I admire deeply.

What he needs primarily is help in locating further material and the people who can fill in the holes in the history of the broadcast industry. The idea is to find out the interesting stories about why stations were built, why some of the early pioneers got into the radio business, as well as what caused some to give up on radio and others to continue through the years.

If you know something that you think barry might want to know, please get in touch.