TV Audio: Why So Rare & Valued?
After almost 6 decades of
archiving historic and significant television programming, during a
time in the 1950's, and 1960's when even the Library of Congress
failed to realize the significance of saving original television
programming, Archival Television Audio, Inc. has accounted
for over 15,000 broadcasts /20,000 hours of peerless soundtracks
representing thousands of non-retrievable lost original
television broadcasts from a bygone era.
Audio Sampler of the 1960s
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These tracks are significant because they not only represent a
one-of-a-kind broadcast record, but they provide significant audible
data for researchers, biographers, and historians when they have no
other resource in the entire country to access. These tracks allow
all those who are inquisitive to obtain TV broadcast
feedback, from a specific lost telecast originally broadcast during
the 1950's, 60's and 70's.
Value is in the eye of those who desire something which
cannot be obtained anywhere else. In 2001, ARCHIVAL TELEVISION
AUDIO, Inc. was admitted into the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. We now
hold the distinction of obtaining the most money ever transacted for
a television soundtrack.
The AMERICAN THEATRE WING (TONY AWARDS)
purchased from us, for the sum of $1,324.00, the TV audio aircheck
of the complete 78 minute TONY AWARDS Telecast originally televised
on WOR-TV channel 9, in New York. No visual record of that program
exists. The WING has been searching unsuccessfully for decades to
find this program.
The MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO knew of our
soundtrack and contacted the AMERICAN THEATRE WING who negotiated
with us for the purchase of this historic broadcast. Today, many
people question why only the soundtrack survives of a prestigious
TONY AWARDS TELEVISION BROADCAST, viewed in 1965 by millions of
viewers. The answer pertains to the economics of the time when a one
hour reel of 2" quad videotape cost $600, and the archiving of most
television was not routinely done (standard procedure in those
Original videotapes were used again and again to record
other broadcasts and kept for perhaps one, maybe two repeat airings
before being erased and recorded upon again. Therefore, it has been
our fortuitous good fortune that a handful of people with the
interest and capability to record direct line television
sound off the air, on a 1/4" reel to reel audiotape recorder, did
so, and it is the reason why classic programming such as the TONY
AWARDS telecast, broadcast live from 11:00 PM to 12:18 AM on
Today, fees demanded by local stations and the networks
for archival footage run into the thousands of dollars, in some
cases $1,500.00 a second for rebroadcasting rights, and often
accessed by television production companies. On a more consumer
level, VANDERBILT LIBRARY charges $7.00 per minute for
non-broadcast rights for Network News Programs which they have video
and audio recorded, in their own studios at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, since August 5, 1968. A 30 minute VHS copy of THE CBS EVENING
NEWS WITH WALTER CRONKITE costs hundreds of dollars to "rent"
and you the client are responsible to return the tape after usage.
It is interesting to note that the THREE MAJOR NETWORK
NEWS DEPARTMENTS, CBS, NBC & ABC RETAIN FEW OF THEIR PRE 1970's
NEWSCASTS. ATA has many hundreds dating back to 1956. Not until
April 9th, 1973 did CBS copyright and store copies of their TV news
programs at the Library of Congress.
In an age when almost anything and everything can be
found on the internet, not one voluminous TELEVISION AUDIO AIRCHECK
ARCHIVE exists with the exception of ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO,
Inc. We have invested, to date, over $100,000 developing this
company's inventory and equipment, not to mention the thousands of
man hours not calculated into this equation. Thus we are peerless as
a company, and get solicitations from many authors, biography
production companies, archival museums, private collectors, and from
celebrities (Woody Allen, Mike Wallace, Milton Berle, Joey Bishop,
etc.), who search for their own performances on television, via
soundtracks, the video of which has been lost to the ages. Over the
years we have donated many TV audio airchecks to the Library of
Congress, the Museum of Television & Radio, UCLA Film & Television
Archive, the Museum of Broadcasting, the John F. Kennedy Library,
and many others.
Today, a collector can purchase radio shows for $2.50
each, common in the open marketplace, and has hundreds of vendors to
choose from. For a minimal investment one can purchase thousands of
old time radio shows, instantly. Perhaps one year the tens of
thousands of our TV audio airchecks will be replicated, dispersed,
and enjoyed by the whole country as well. Once an audiotape copy is
released and sold it is never the same one-of-a-kind artifact again!
It is a phenomenon we accept. However, at present, most of our
15,000 different TV audio aircheck tracks remain inimitable, one of
a kind, and therefore we charge a premium price for purchase.
We at COLLECTOR'S CHOICE ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO,
Inc. have worked diligently, and have invested decades of time
researching, investigating, searching, purchasing, collating,
cataloging, assorting, and monitoring thousands of individual TV
audio airchecks, providing broadcasters and collectors soundtracks
representing the golden and silver age of lost television. In the
past, we have located and paid over $10,000 for private collections
which are almost non-existent today. It can take 6 hours to equalize
and remaster one 60 minute program. It can take 24 hours to remaster
one 60 minute program which is showing signs of tape degeneration,
sticky shed syndrome, mold and other maladies. We have a lifelong
passion for what we do, and take pride in our unique contribution
for the "gems" we unearth, polish and distribute around the world.
Our TELEVISION AUDIO AIRCHECK ARCHIVE is comprised of
TV SOUNDTRACKS of shows which originally aired live or on videotape
(1946-1979). They represent today's LOST & INACCESSIBLE early
television programming which no longer exists as video. We possess a
truly unique product which appeals to a limited but valued
clientele. Our fees reflects such value. However, the hundreds of
thousands of baby boomers attracted to this material portend the
restructuring of our prices & costs when ATA will be heard on
radio stations, country wide. Formats for such programming have
already been designed. Today, no other nostalgia remains so
unknown by the American public at a time when resources for
nostalgia is so much in demand.
Today, the whole world videotapes & audiotapes
everything. Not so long ago (1975), before VCR's, CD's, DVD's, HI 8,
CONSUMER DIGITAL AUDIO AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT, only a scant few people,
with a passion for preserving television's heritage, at a time when
television archiving was an arcane pursuit, qualitatively
recorded their television sets with an open reel to reel 1/4" tape
Without those few score of dedicated individuals in the
world, including yours truly, Phil Gries, tens of thousands of
broadcast artifacts from television's golden and silver age would be
lost forever. And only a few qualitative TV audio aircheck
collections themselves have known to survive after the death of the
taper. Because of these dedicated individual tapers & their
collections which have been rescued, saved and remastered by
ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, Inc., we have the opportunity to listen
to pristine TV soundtracks from the 1950's, 60's & early 70's.
They afford us the opportunity to retain and to at least listen to the
original essence of lost television... to remind us, to inform us,
to educate us, to amuse us, of that which was great, nostalgic & so
very special and to listen to those long forgotten television shows
which were not so very special, but remain anchored in our hearts
and minds when television was very young.
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Personality, or Airdate into the textbox below:
PRESERVING & ARCHIVING THE SOUND OF
LOST & UNOBTAINABLE ORIGINAL TV
(1946 - 1982)
--- 15,000 TV Broadcasts (AUDIO ONLY Airchecks) / 20,000 Hours ---
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NPR Walter Cronkite Series
Civil Rights Movement (1956-1968)
Space Exploration (1956-1972)
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