WSB-TV Videotape Collection

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Collection Details

Scope and Content Note: 1982-2010
Biographical Note:

"Welcome South Brother” (WSB) Radio, the genesis of the WSB broadcasting network, was formed in 1922 as Atlanta’s first radio station. WSB-TV was subsequently formed in 1948, becoming one of the first television stations in the South. The station has consistently been an early adopter of new techniques and technology. In 1975, WSB-TV switched from film to videotape for recording news reports on the scene. This technological transition marked a dramatic acceleration in the speed at which news could be recorded, edited, and aired. Since news cameramen no longer had to develop film before the broadcast, stories could be shot on tape much closer to airtime, allowing a greater number of stories per newscast and increasing the amount of tapes being used and saved.

Extent: 37,387 video tapes (36,250 hours of content). 76,724 files on 322 LTO-5 data tapes high resolution preservation files and streamable proxy files for each videotape 49,627 JPEG images of the content labels on the tapes or inside the tape cases (“shot logs”).
Provenance: Deposited in 2013 by Cox Enterprises, the parent company of WSB-TV.

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