The Listeners' Archive

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0120121114

As part of the BBC's 90th birthday celebrations, Simon Mayo unveils the results of The Listeners' Archive project, which sought to recover lost gems of the broadcasting archive.

Across the UK, listeners were asked to scour their lofts, garages and cupboards for tapes, cassettes and other recordings of BBC radio programmes from 1936 to 2000. And discoveries were handed in at BBC Centres around the UK on 'Amnesty Day' in mid October.

Since then, a team of engineers have been restoring these programmes to their former glory, at the BBC's historic Maida Vale studios. Simon speaks to the listeners who preserved clips of BBC programmes to find out why they kept them and introduces clips of the programmes that had been lost.

0220121128

Steve Lamacq unveils further results of The Listeners' Archive project to recover the lost gems of the BBC's cassette archive.

Across the UK, listeners were asked to scour their lofts, garages and cupboards for tapes, cassettes and other recordings of BBC radio programmes from 1936 to 2000, and handed them in at BBC Centres around the UK on 'Amnesty Day' in mid October.

Since then, a team of engineers have been restoring these programmes to their former glory, at the BBC's historic Maida Vale studios.

Steve presents the cassette edit of the collection, speaking to the listeners who preserved sessions, interviews and charts throughout the years. He finds out what musical moments made them press the "rec" button.

This documentary first broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music who are celebrating the cassette next month, with a documentary devoted to this format.