First batch of Arkansas PBS archived tapes on their way to be digitized for Internet use

David Elmore (left), archivist, and DeWayne Wilbur, director of operations, talk about the tape of the station’s first produced show from 1966 in the Arkansas PBS archives Wednesday, June 29, 2023 in Conway..(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff)
David Elmore (left), archivist, and DeWayne Wilbur, director of operations, talk about the tape of the station’s first produced show from 1966 in the Arkansas PBS archives Wednesday, June 29, 2023 in Conway..(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff)


Somewhere in America, a truck full of Arkansas history is on its way to Pennsylvania.

Protected by bubble wrap, that history is on 2,065 video tapes of varying formats contained in 46 reinforced Home Depot boxes.

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