WBLG Audio Tape Collection

Abstract

The WBLG Audio Tape Collection (7 cubic feet, 97 items in 14 boxes; dated 1954-1977) is comprised of ninety-seven 1/4" reel to reel audio tapes. These tapes contain broadcasts of U.K. sporting events, political talks from around the Commonwealth, and a bi-weekly summary of the news events in Kentucky covering 1968-1977.

Descriptive Summary

Title
WBLG Audio Tape Collection
Extent
7 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Radio broadcasting -- Kentucky
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Harold Rosenbaum
Preferred Citation
74AV03: [Identification of item], WBLG Audio Tape Collection, 1954-1977, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
In 1958, Roy White purchased WLEX (Lexington) radio on a seven-year agreement and operated the station as WBLG (Bluegrass). WLEX-TV continued to operate a WLEX-FM radio station. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began conferences on the television application for WBLG. WBLG received a construction permit for a television transmitter in September, 1967, and began transmissions on May 28, 1968. WBLG-TV and -Radio was sold to Star Broadcasting for 1.5 million in 1973. WBLG-Radio was then purchased by Village Communications/The Village Companies. In 1979, WBLG was sold to Wendell Triplett/Triplett Broadcasting Company, Bellefontaine, Ohio, who changed the call letters to WTKC (Triplett Kentucky Country). At the same time that Village bought WBLG radio, it also bought WLEX-FM from the company that operated WLEX-TV. Those call numbers were changed to WKQQ-FM, Lexington, Kentucky's first album-oriented rock station.
Sources: 1. Crawley, Bruce. Personal communication to staff, December 20, 2013. 2. LKY Radio. 1300 WBLG. Accessed December 20, 2013. http://www.lkyradio.com/WBLG.htm.
Scope and Content
The WBLG Audio Tape Collection (7 cubic feet, 97 items in 14 boxes; dated 1954-1977) is comprised of ninety-seven 1/4" reel to reel audio tapes. These tapes contain broadcasts of U.K. sporting events, political talks from around the Commonwealth, and a bi-weekly summary of the news events in Kentucky covering 1968-1977.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. 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. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

President Dwight Eisenhower at Transylvania College (P.T.: 15 min.) A, 1954 April 23

  • Box 1, item 1


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University of Kentucky Homecoming Game against Georgia, Reel 1 (beginning) and 6 (end) of game (P.T.: 29 min.), 1963

  • Box 1, item 2


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Rupp Pregame Programs: (P.T.: 80 min.), 1964-1965

  • Box 1, item 3


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Rupp Postgame Programs: Iowa; North Carolina; Syracuse; Illinois; St. Louis; LSU; and Tennessee (P.T.: 45 min), 1964-1965

  • Box 1, item 4


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Rupp Pregame Program: Dartmouth; Notre Dame; Vanderbilt; LSU; Tulane; Tennessee; and Auburn (P.T.: 40 min), 1964-1965

  • Box 1, item 5


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Lexington Chamber of Commerce Meeting (P.T.: 35 min); Paul Harvey speaking at Transylvania University (P.T.: 65 min), 1967 January 24

  • Box 1, item 6


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Judge Marlow Cook, speech and Q & A period (P.T.: 35 min), 1967 April 26

  • Box 2, item 7


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Louie Nunn, Candidate for Governor, speaking in Lexington (P.T.: 40 min), 1967 May 10

  • Box 2, item 8


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Henry Ward, Candidate for Governor, speaking in Lexington (P.T.: 50 min), 1967 October 30

  • Box 2, item 9


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Lexington League of Women Voters, Q & A Session with Candidates for Mayor, Jim Duckworth and Charles Wylie (P.T.: 44 min), 1967 November 4

  • Box 2, item 10


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Comments from candidates for city offices of Commissioners and Mayor: Frank McKinley; Alfred Chrouser; Ray Boggs; Tom Underwood; Fred Fugazzi; and Charles Wylie (P.T.: 4 min), 1967 November

  • Box 2, item 11


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Acceptance speech of Louie Nunn, elected Governor (10:40 min), 1967 November

  • Box 2, item 12


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Listed on four pages are Political Dubs on Pre-Election comments from Local Officials and Visitors during the months of Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June and July . But, the open- reel tape goes only thru Cut and num;4, April 1967 Select News Dubs - cuts which may have follow-up value (P.T.: 42:43 min), 1967 January 7

  • Box 2, item 13


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Governor Nunn's State of the Commonwealth Address; Comments by Lt. Gov. Wendell Ford (P.T.: 30 min), 1968 January 2

  • Box 3, item 14


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Senator Morton Interview (P.T.: 23 min), 1968 February 3

  • Box 3, item 15


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Tuesday Evening, 9/12/68, Paul Harvey spoke at an Economic Forum inner at the Phoenix Hotel in Lexington. This was the second talk made in Lexington by the noted ABC radio news analyst. Harvey spoke almost two years ago at the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Now, as then, WBLG Radio is happy to present a delayed broadcast of the Harvey talk, His daily network programs are a favorite feature of many persons in Central Kentucky who hear Harvey over WBLG Radio (P.T.: 50 min), 1968 September 12

  • Box 3, item 16


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Pre-election cuts of comments by several different politicians., 1968

  • Box 3, item 17


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Optimist Club - Award for the Person of the Year to Ms. Edith Trumbel (P.T.: 17 min), 1968

  • Box 3, item 18


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Football Coach John Ray, with the others on the coaching staff, speaking at the Rotary Club (P.T.: 35 min), 1969 January 16

  • Box 3, item 19


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The Optimist Club presentation of the Annual Optimist Cup. The award is made to that person chosen by public nomination and a committee selection as the person who is considered to have been the greatest benefit to the community during the past year. The Master of Ceremonies was Marvin Watson; he presented the award to Dr. Irvin Lunger, President of Transylvania College (P.T.: 23 min), 1969 March 23

  • Box 3, item 20


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WBLG News Special: At 12:25 this afternoon. Former President Eisenhower died at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington General Eisenhower endeared himself to Lexingtonians three times. He was seeking the Presidency when here for the first time in 1952. He returned as President to assist in the dedication of the Francis Carrick Thomas Library at Transylvania College. His third visit came in 1956 when he was a candidate for reelection.(P.T.: 9 min), 1969 March 28

  • Box 4, item 21


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Delayed broadcast of the Lexington Sertoma Club's Annual Award Ceremony. This year's recipient is Rev. Donald Herren and the Club's Past President, Derrell Hancock, made the award. (P.T.: 13 min), 1969 April 1

  • Box 4, item 22


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Senator Ted Kennedy is interviewed at Bluegrass Field (P.T.: 4 min), 1969 May 10

  • Box 4, item 23


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Lt. Gov. Wendell Ford spoke at the regular weekly meeting of the Lexington Optimist Club and urged Lexington to prepare for the future of becoming a first-class city (P.T.: 15 min), 1969 July 18

  • Box 4, item 24


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Dr. Otis Singletary's first news conference since becoming President of UK (P.T.: 30 min), 1969

  • Box 4, item 25


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Paul Harvey's special program which included a tape of Craig Gardner talking just before committing suicide (P.T.: 12 min), 1970 May 16

  • Box 4, item 26


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The Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Salute to the 50th Anniversary of Radio at its Fall Convention in Lexington (P.T.: 36 min), 1970 Fall

  • Box 4, item 27


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President Nixon 's eulogy to Whitney Young, at the Lexington Cemetery (P.T.: 37 min), 1971 March 17

  • Box 5, item 28


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Broadcast of portion of UK - Washington & Lee Basketball game (P.T.: 35 min); added is Joe Garigiola's talk on Coach Rupp (2:36 min), 1956 December 1

  • Box 5, item 29


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Inauguration at Frankfort - Includes Gov. Nunn's Farewell Speech and the swearing-in of Gov. Wendell Ford and Lt. Gov. Julian Carroll (P.T.: 30 min), 1971 December 7

  • Box 5, item 30


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The swearing-in ceremony of Foster Pettit as Mayor of Lexington (20 min), 1972 January 3

  • Box 5, item 31


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Curt Gowdy's tribute to Coach Adolph Rupp (P.T.: 10 min), 1972 March 27

  • Box 5, item 32


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Call-in interviews with several candidates in May primary, including Howard Clay, Henry Ward, Dee Huddleston, Tom Rogers and Leban Jackson (P.T.: 231 min) (on 3 cassettes), 1972 May 16

  • Box 5, item 33 A-C


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Interviews during general election with Pettit, Ecton, Lyons, Stephens, Breckinridge, Huddleston and Nunn (P.T.: 81 min), 1972 November 7

  • Box 5, item 34


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(P.T.: 59 min), 1972 January-March

  • Box 6, item 35


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(P.T.: 61 min), 1972 March-August

  • Box 6, item 36


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(P.T.: 43 min), 1972 August-September

  • Box 6, item 36A


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(P.T.: 45 min), 1972 September-October

  • Box 6, item 36B


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(P.T.: 36 min), 1972

  • Box 6, item 36C


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(P.T.: 47 min), 1972 October-November

  • Box 6, item 36D


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(P.T.: 45 min), 1972 November-December

  • Box 6, item 36E


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(P.T.: 40 min), 1972 December

  • Box 7, item 36F


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1. Interview with Mayor Pettit; 2. Mayor Pettit's Report on the Year 1972 (P.T.: 42 min), 1973 January 23

  • Box 7, item 37


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Mayor Pettit, Rep. John Breckinridge and Mr. Johnson at the dedication of the new VA Hospital (P.T.: 37 min), 1973 January 23

  • Box 7, item 38


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(P.T.: 12 min), 1973 December

  • Box 7, item 39


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(P.T.: 40 min), 1974 April 3

  • Box 7, item 40


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(P.T.: 42 min), 1974 January

  • Box 7, item 41


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(P.T.: 41 min), 1974 January

  • Box 8, item 42


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(P.T.: 43 min), 1974 January-February

  • Box 8, item 43


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(P.T.: 45 min), 1974 February

  • Box 8, item 44


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(P.T.: 31 min), 1974 February-March

  • Box 8, item 45


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(P.T.: 35 min), 1974 March

  • Box 8, item 46


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(P.T.: 41 min), 1974 March

  • Box 8, item 47


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(P.T.: 25 min), 1974 March-April

  • Box 8, item 48


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(P.T.: 31 min), 1974 April

  • Box 8, item 49


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(P.T.: 47 min), 1974 April

  • Box 9, item 50


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(P.T.: 46 min), 1974 April-May

  • Box 9, item 51


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(P.T.: 30 min), 1974 May

  • Box 9, item 52


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(P.T.: 33 min), 1974 May

  • Box 9, item 53


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(P.T.: 34 min), 1974 May-June

  • Box 9, item 54


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(P.T.: 33 min), 1974 June

  • Box 9, item 55


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(P.T.: 36 min), 1974 June-July

  • Box 9, item 56


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(P.T.: 41 min), 1974 July

  • Box 10, item 57


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(P.T.: 39 min), 1974 July-September

  • Box 10, item 58


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(P.T.: 50 min), 1974 August

  • Box 10, item 59


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(P.T.: 32 min), 1974 August-September

  • Box 10, item 60


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(P.T.: 32 min), 1974 September

  • Box 10, item 61


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(P.T.: 48 min), 1974 September

  • Box 10, item 62


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(P.T.: 32 min), 1974 September-October

  • Box 10, item 63


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(P.T.: 49 min), 1974 October

  • Box 11, item 64


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(P.T.: 26 min), 1974 October

  • Box 11, item 65


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(P.T.: 40 min), 1974 October-November

  • Box 11, item 66


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(P.T.: 60 min), 1974 November

  • Box 11, item 67


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(P.T.: 50 min), 1974 November-December

  • Box 11, item 68


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Coach Rupp Day at Kiwanis Club (P.T.: 35 min), undated

  • Box 11, item 69


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Speech by Coach Rupp (P.T.: 40 min) [blank], undated

  • Box 11, item 70
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Art Linkletter speaking at Lexington Chamber of Commerce Dinner (P.T.: 50 min), 1959

  • Box 12, item 71


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Coach Rupp pre-game discussions (P.T.: 60 min), undated

  • Box 12, item 72


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Coach Rupp post-game discussions (P.T.: 41 min), undated

  • Box 12, item 73


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News conference of Lt. Gov. Harry Lee Waterfield (P.T.: 31 min), undated

  • Box 12, item 74


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Coach Rupp 700th Victory Celebration (P.T.: 35 min), undated

  • Box 12, item 75


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GOP Governors' Conference (P.T.: 40 min), undated

  • Box 12, item 76


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Julian Bond Press Conference at Bluegrass Field, 2/14/75; Coach Joe Hall speech at Lexington Civic Club, 11/17/75 and Mayor Pettit's State of the Urban County Government Address (no Date) (P.T.: 49 min), 1975 February 14-November 17

  • Box 12, item 77


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Election night interviews with several candidates (P.T.: 48 min), undated

  • Box 12, item 78


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(P.T.: 28 min), 1976 September

  • Box 13, item 79


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(P.T.: 49 min), 1976 October

  • Box 13, item 80


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(P.T.: 47 min), 1976 October-November

  • Box 13, item 81


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(P.T.: 12 min), 1976 November

  • Item 13, item 81A


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(P.T.: 45 min), 1976 November-December

  • Box 13, item 82


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(P.T.: 40 min), 1977 January

  • Box 13, item 83


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(P.T.: 26 min), 1977 January-February

  • Box 13, item 84


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(Note Only four of twenty people commenting are identified) (P.T.: 10 min), 1977 February

  • Box 13, item 84A


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(P.T.: 32 min), 1977 February-March

  • Box 14, item 85


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(P.T.: 29 min), 1977 March-April

  • Box 14, item 86


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(P.T.: 24 min), 1977 April

  • Box 14, item 87


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(P.T.: 47 min), 1977 May

  • Box 14, item 88


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(P.T.: 44 min), 1977 May-July

  • Box 14, item 89


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