Santa Monica, CA (August 20, 2007) — The music library at Santa Monica-based KCRW (89.9 FM and KCRW.com) holds an irreplaceable archive of more than 1,200 exclusive live recordings from the public radio station’s studios that go back two decades. Universal Studios BluWave Audio has come onboard to preserve them.
The project is part of a larger effort the station is launching to modernize the entire music collection, called The Music Match: A Campaign to Save KCRW’s Library. The Annenberg Foundation and RealNetworks are the initial supporters of this project, which has now been joined by BluWave Audio. The station is also seeking matching funds from corporations, foundations and major donors, in addition to KCRW’s loyal listeners. Also, proceeds from this year’s sold-out benefit concert, A Sounds Eclectic Evening, will go towards the modernization process.
KCRW’s library houses a priceless collection of more than 60,000 recordings of great historical importance and cultural relevance that has been shaped over three decades. Within the stacks and shelves of the music library reside recordings in a variety of formats, including two decades’ worth of live performances from KCRW’s studios that are currently saved on DAT. BluWave Audio will be transferring those performances into high quality digital files at its Universal Studios facility.
Tom Regal, BluWave’s director of audio restoration and preservation, is a longtime KCRW fan and offered up his company’s assistance after reading about the project. “I am really excited about partnering with KCRW on a project of this importance. Every day we work to preserve the world’s audio cultural heritage and educate on the importance of preservation,” said Regal. “KCRW and BluWave share a great passion and dedication to preserve the music library for future generations.”