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WBKY Audio Tape Collection,1965-1975

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Processed by: Staff, Hugh Henderson, Harold Rosenbaum; machine-readable finding aid created by:Harold Rosenbaum


WBKY Audio Tape Collection




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], WBKY Audio Tape Collection 1965-1975, 74AV04,Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


29 cu. ft. (58 Boxes): 438 Items


The University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY is a land grant institution founded in 1865. The University evolved through three stages before becoming the University of Kentucky in 1916: the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Kentucky University, 1865-78, a private, denominational institution in Lexington created by an act of the legislature on February 22, 1865; the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Kentucky, 1878-1908; and State University, Lexington, 1908-1916. A statute in 1916 changed the name to University of Kentucky. The new president took up the investigating committee's recommendation to write a constitution, which provided for a faculty-administration university senate. A graduate school was established in 1924. Among the new buildings was a central library. Enrollment doubled the first year after World War I and doubled again in the 1920s, totaling 4,992 in 1932, when the impact of the Depression was greatest. Emphasis upon nonstate funding continued. In 1988-89 $60 million in research grants and contracts and $22 million in developmental gifts were awarded.

WBKY established itself at 91.3 in the new FM band in 1947 making it the first FM college radio station in the United States. The broadcast facilities and transmitter were located in McVey Hall on the University of Kentucky's main campus. The station was on the air nightly for three hours, every evening, five nights each week. In 1971, WBKY became a charter member of National Public Radio. On October 1, 1989, WBKY became WUKY and in January of 1990 and the transmitting wattage was increased to 100,000 watts.

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of 438 1/4" reel to reel audio tapes. The tapes contain recordings of special events that happened at U.K. such as the Women's Conference, Women: Equal but Different, the Humanities Conference in 1965, the Davenport Creative Writing Seminar, the Davenport Lecture series, the Founder's Day series, the Biological Conference with Buckmaster Fuller, Exploring Kentucky series, radio dramas series like Horiatio Hornblower and Stories from Scotland Yard, and music including the Mozart Bergen Festival, the Great Symphony series and the Folk Songs series. Individual events include speeches by Dr. Robert Strauss, Bob Nims, Anne Legat, Dave Carter, Stephen Leacock, Dick Pigman, Dr. Summers, Dr. Paul Haney and Robert J. Buck. Books on tape include The Great Books of Asia, The Spoken Word narrated by Henry Hubert, Reading the Writer, and The Lives of Henry Lime narrated by Olson Welles.


  • Radio--Public--University of Kentucky
  • Radio--Public--National Public Radio
  • Radio--Kentucky
  • United States--Education--Radio

User Restrictions

This collection is comprised of audio tapes created and maintained in the course of university business. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.

Related Material

Chesser, Roger M. " Lexington, KY: Theses, 1993.

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. " Frankfort, KY: Auditor of Public Accounts, 1981.

Nash, Francis M. Lexington, KY: Host Communications, Inc., 1995.

75AV01, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

76AV03, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

79PA104, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.