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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8ca00001NHPR began broadcasting in 1981, and in the intervening years has documented the the stories of New Hampshire. From policy makers in Concord, to residents around the state affected by those policies; from notable Granite Staters, to our ordinary neighbors with a good story, NHPR has produced compelling radio for New Hampshire, by New Hampshire. These stories are the components of the NHPR archives, and on this blog we'll dust off some old stories that are newly relevant, and even find some that were never broadcast. We hope to demonstrate how we've changed as a state by charting our narrative on a longer scale.

From the Archives: Digitizing

This arrived in the mail today.


This unassuming hard drive contains more than 500 GB of audio, the digital representation of 280 tape reels.  A couple months ago, I mentioned that NHPR was sending the last of the tape reels in our archive to Crawford Media to be digitized. And today the fruits of their labor appeared in the form of this orange-y goodness. (They also sent along a few pictures of the digitization process, take a look at the slideshow above).

In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be listening to gems on this hard drive and sharing them with you. But here’s one audio file that was on the hard drive today.

New Hampshire Daily was a half-hour news program we produced in the early 1990s. This is the broadcast from this day in 1990. Among the stories in the news were: the legislature closing loopholes in the state’s fireworks law; Wally Pinot and Don Milander (professors at NEC) spending their summer driving across the country on motorcycle, a total of about 20,000 miles, check in with host Martin Murray from Tioga, North Dakota; NHPR’s Margaret Landsmen takes a look at fish ladder PSNH installed in Manchester the year before, and its effects in restoring ocean going fish like Salmon and Chad to the river.

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