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WETS-FM Records

Identifier: UnivRec-0208

Scope and Contents

The WETS-FM records contain correspondence, performer agreements and worksheets, program guides, public service announcements, wire service bulletins, and program recordings and dub sheets. Also included are applications, with related materials, to the Tennessee Arts Commission for funding of special serial programs such as "Zeitgeist."

The records date from 1966 to 1986; however, the bulk of the records date from 1982 to 1984. A manual predates the station's beginning.

The paper records largely concern scheduling and programming policies, financial operation and various news and community activity items. The audiotapes cover a wide variety of subjects including contemporary legal issues, environmental issues, energy conservation, foreign relations, Appalachian culture and literature, and traditional and contemporary Appalachian music.


  • 1966-1986


Conditions Governing Access

The transcripts and tapes of the Gordon donation are open for research; however, the transcripts can not be copied except with the permission of the donor. Tapes may be copied at cost of reproduction. The majority of the Christy donation is unrestricted with the exception of the tapes produced by Christy of Tank's Farm Festival on July 18-19, 1981. These particular tapes cannot be copied or published without Christy's written permission.


4.00 linear feet (4 records cartons, 604 audiotapes)

Language of Materials



The records are divided into sub-groups according to the serial program or the announcer/producer responsible for creating the records and for their transfer to the archives. To date there are three sub-groups: Sub-group 1: Tom Christy Records; Sub-group 2: Country Roots Radio Series records/Richard Gordon, producer; and Sub-group 3: Ed Price Records. The bulk of the records consist of Tom Christy's materials in Sub-group 1.

Method of Acquisition

On September 5, 1983 Richard Gordon transferred the tapes and transcripts for the Country Roots Radio Series to the University Archives. In March and April of 1984, Tom Christy transferred a second group of WETS-FM records to the University Archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA