Top of page

Program National Recording Preservation Plan

Radio Preservation Task Force

The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), created early in 2014, grows out of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan (December 2012, see:, and seeks to:

  1. To support collaboration between faculty researchers and archivists toward the preservation of radio history
  2. To develop an online inventory of extant American radio archival collections, focusing on recorded sound holdings, including research aids
  3. To identify and save endangered collections
  4. To develop pedagogical guides for utilizing radio and sound archives
  5. To act as a clearing house to encourage and expand academic study on the cultural history of radio through the location of grants, the creation of research caucuses, and development of metadata on extant materials

RPTF Sound Collections Database: External

Task Force Directors


Shawn Vancour

RPTF Chair & NRPB Fellow

Josh Shepperd
University of Colorado Boulder

RPTF Co-Chair

Michele Hilmes
University of Wisconsin Madison


Christopher H. Sterling
George Washington University

Network Directors

Emily Goodmann
Clarke University

Conference Director

Neil Verma

Metadata Directors

William Vanden Dries
Indiana University

Mark Matienzo
Stanford University

Spanish Language/Bilingual Director

Inés Casillas
UC-Santa Barbara

Social Media Director

Ingrid Ockert

Preservation Division

Brandon Burke
Stanford/Hoover Institution

Paul Conway
University of Michigan

Maristella Feustle
University of North Texas

Stacy Kowalcyk
Dominican University

Yuri Shimoda

John Vallier
University of Washington Seattle

Research Division

Noah Arceneaux
San Diego State University

Heather Birks
Broadcast Education Association

Catherine Martin
Boston University

Rick Popp
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Alexander Russo
Catholic University of America

Education Division

Lauren Bratslavsky
Illinois State University

Kit Hughes
Colorado State University

Allison Perlman

Allison Schein Holmes
WFMT + WTTW Chicago

Partnerships and Collaborations

Contact the Task Force