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Twin Cities Public Television
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
October 17th, 2012

tpt To Contribute Content to Public Media's American Archive

St. Paul, Minnesota, October 17, 2012 – Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) is pleased to announce that it will contribute a portion of its archival television footage to the initial collection of public media’s American Archive.

The American Archive, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) initiative, is a comprehensive effort to inventory, digitize and preserve local and national public media content produced over the last six decades. The Archive will ensure that the public investment in non-commercial media, totaling billions of dollars over the years, is fully protected for, and accessible to, generations to come.

“The American Archive is one of the most important responsibilities facing our public media system,” said Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of CPB.  “Taxpayers have funded more than half a century of local, regional and national television and radio programming, and the American Archive will serve as a return on that investment.”

Since the project launched two years ago, public television and radio stations across the country have identified nearly 2.5 million records, including completed local and national programs, raw footage, unedited interviews, recorded speeches, scripts and photos.  This totals more than one million hours of video, film, and audio recordings from more than 100 stations.

TPT will contribute historic archival content to the American Archive. The station located a wide variety of materials, with content ranging from some of its earliest educational programming created in the 1950s, concert footage and pioneering arts programming from the '70s and '80s, to daily newscast content created in the '90s and early 2000s. Numerous iconic items were also found in tpt's media collection, including a 1960 interview with presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey, a documentary on a visit by Vice President Walter Mondale to his ancestral home in Norway, a series of programs from the late '70s that detailed the impact of the Vietnam War, and footage of the 1974 Minnesota Orchestra opening gala concert.

This material will be digitized and included as part of the Archive’s first 40,000 hours of content.

“We are proud to have a role in creating the American Archive,” said James Pagliarini, President and CEO of tpt. “As part of this initiative, public radio and television stations across the country are not only contributing to a historical record of public media in the 20th century, they are also re-connecting audiences, present and future, to the media that holds the memory of the events, people, and landscapes of their communities.”

Public radio and television stations participating in the initiative have completed the initial phases of the project, including inventorying their archives and selecting the content to be preserved.  As a next step, CPB is preparing to transition the American Archive to a new permanent home that will sustain and expand the work of the Archive moving forward. 


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