A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University
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WSB (Radio station : Atlanta,
WSB Radio records
24 linear ft.
WSB Radio was first
radio station to broadcast in the city of Atlanta, on March 15, 1922. With its
many breakthrough practices, from being the first radio station to use a slogan
to broadcasting a Spanish translation of "Voice of America" programs to Cuba
during the Cuban Missile Crisis, WSB always remained cutting edge and more
importantly, relevant. The records, 1920-1985, contain correspondence, memos,
scrapbooks, news clippings, publicity materials, program log books, scripts,
radio engineering lesson plans, contracts, licenses, photographs, slides, sound
recordings, moving image recordings, transcripts, and artifacts relating to the
early history of WSB Radio, to WSB performers, programs, awards, and sponsored
events (such as news workshops and career conferences for students), and to
WSB-FM and WSB-TV.
Organization of the Records
Organized into 6 series:
Series I: Office Files
Subseries A: Elmo Ellis files
Subseries B: General Office files
Series II: Publicity
Subseries A: Promotion Department files
Subseries B: Publications and news
Series III: Log Books
Series IV: Scripts
Subseries A: WSB Scripts
Subseries B: Meet the Artist Scripts
Series V: WSB Radio Engineering Lesson Plans
Series VI: Audio-Visual Materials and
Subseries A: Photographs
Sub-subseries 1: WSB History and
Sub-subseries 2: WSB Employees and
Sub-subseries 3: WSB Awards, Events, and
Subseries B: Sound Recordings
Sub-subseries 1: Transcripts
Sub-subseries 2: Recordings
Subseries C: Films
Subseries D: Artifacts
Scope and Content of the Records
The records contain correspondence, memos, scrapbooks, news clippings,
publicity materials, program log books, scripts, radio engineering lesson
plans, contracts, licenses, photographs, sound recordings, moving image
recordings, transcripts, and artifacts relating to the early history of WSB
Radio, to WSB performers, programs, awards, and sponsored events (such as news
workshops and career conferences for students), and to WSB-FM and WSB-TV.
The sound recordings in the collection include examples of musical,
dramatic and general interest programming from circa 1944 through circa 1984;
news programming; and political speeches from 1946 and 1948, generated by the
heated gubernatorial and congressional races of those years. The political
speeches include campaign addresses by Eugene Talmadge, Herman Talmadge, James
Carmichael, E.D. Rivers, Helen Douglas Mankin, James C. Davis, Ellis Arnall,
M.E. Thompson and others.
History of WSB Radio
WSB ("Welcome South, Brother") Radio, the first radio station to
broadcast in the city of Atlanta, was "born" on March 15, 1922, when it went on
the air for the first time at a power of 100 watts. The station was originally
owned by The Atlanta Journal and broadcast from a makeshift studio on the fifth
floor of The Journal building on Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta. In 1925
the station moved to more spacious quarters on the top floor of the Biltmore
Hotel, where it remained for the next thirty years. Both The Journal and WSB
were purchased by Governor James M. Cox of Ohio in 1939; WSB is still a
property of Cox Broadcasting Corporation, which was formed when Cox operations
reorganized in 1964. From late 1955 until 1998, the offices and studios of WSB
Radio (and WSB TV) were located at White Columns on Peachtree Street. In June
1998, WSB Radio moved into new facilities at the intersection of Beverly Road
and Peachtree Street, taking with it four columns from White Columns and
placing the historic columns in the rear garden of the new buildings.
Hailed as the "Voice of the South," WSB Radio was an innovative
pioneer in radio. With its many breakthrough practices, from being the first
radio station to use a slogan to broadcasting a Spanish translation of "Voice
of America" programs to Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, WSB always
remained cutting edge and more importantly, relevant. Its presence continues to
be felt in the city of Atlanta, throughout the nation, and worldwide.
Further information on the history of WSB Radio can be found in
Welcome South Brother, the book prepared for the
station's 50th anniversary, and in the "History" files in this collection.
Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-
Camp, James C., (James Curran),
Carmichael, James Vinson,
Ellis, Elmo Israel
Mankin, Helen Douglas
Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946
Talmadge, Herman, (Herman Eugene),
Thompson, M. E.
WSB (Radio station: Atlanta,
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the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
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[item], [folder title] [series], WSB Radio records, M004, Popular
Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by WSB Radio in 1984.
Initial inventory and processing by Christopher Ann Paton, November
1986; revised by Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, February 1990, September
1994, October 1994, September 1999, December 2001, March 2002 (material added).
Revised and EAD finding aid created by Laura Botts and Trish Raque Bogdan,
2005. Finding aid updated and additional sound recordings processed in 2006 by
Related materials in other repositories:
Material on the 1962 Orly Airport plane crash, which carried mainly WSB
workers, and WSB transcripts are available at The Atlanta History Center.
WSB-TV records are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives,
University of Georgia.
WSB-TV and WSB records, ca. 1968-1980 are held at the Hargrett Rare
Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia.
WSB records and Elmo Ellis papers are available at the Manuscript,
Archives, Rare Book Library, Emory University.
Related materials in this repository:
Other audio recordings of prominent Georgians can be found in the Georgia
Government Documentation Project, Oral History Collection.