The WCYB Radio Tapes include country music performed on the WCYB programs "Farm and Fun Time" and the "Thrift Supply Company Show," 1947-49. The featured group on six of the tapes, the Tennessee Hilltoppers, played country music which featured electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and vocals. One of the tapes contains WOPI Radio (Bristol, Tennessee) transcriptions. Included on this tape is a segment of the "Tennessee Ernie Ford Show."
The tapes are arranged into one series and numbered according to numbers already assigned to the tapes. The user cassette numbers match those on the reel-to-reel tapes.
In 1979 Blaustein and Middle Tennessee State University professor Charles Wolfe obtained the permission of Don Campbell, Johnson City, Tennessee, owner of several WCYB transcription discs, to make audio tape copies of the discs.
Method of Acquisition
The WCYB Radio Tapes were donated to the archives in 1990 by Richard Blaustein, director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State University.
Processing of the collection was completed in 1992 by Marie Tedesco.