Monday, April 22, 2013

Drama students at the SABC Radio Archives

Third year drama students at the University of Pretoria, doing a course in Radio, visited the SABC Radio Archives on Friday.

The tour was organised by their lecturer, Anna-Marie Jansen van Vuuren.

More of the photos of their visit can be seen on the SABC Radio Archives Facebook page.

They were shown the different analogue and digital audio formats which are being archived and handled in the SABC Radio Archives on a daily basis.

Although the audio equipment and the audio formats are not being manufactured or used on a massive scale any more, the archives are still in need of the skills of capable technicians who look after the equipment.
It is also the task of the archivists to look after their collections of  different audio formats, and to identify the need of collections becoming obsolete because of the formats disintegrating, such as the mini-discs.

Reel-to-reel Studer tape recorder 

The reel-to-reel-tape machine was demonstrated, as well as how the format of reel-to-reel tapes was one of the much safer and robust audio carriers, even than more recently released and recorded audio formats.

Reel-to-reel tape from 1979

Related post:

UP Students in Radio visiting SABC Radio Archives 

Facebook photos:

Drama Students visiting from UP

Blog post by Karen du Toit, Afrikaans Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives.

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