WASHINGTON — A 65-year-old episode of a radio show about American Indians that aired out of Norman was announced Wednesday as an entry into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, an exclusive selection of sound recordings.
The March 25, 1947, edition of “The Indians for Indians Hour” is one of 25 new entries into the registry. The show aired weekly on the University of Oklahoma's WNAD from 1941 until 1985.
Other registry selections announced on Wednesday include an 1888 recording made for a talking doll at a Thomas Edison company, songs by Dolly Parton, Donna Summer and Prince, and interviews with former African-American slaves.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said, “America's sound heritage is an important part of the nation's history and culture and this year's selections reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience. These songs, words and natural sounds must be preserved for future generations.”
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, whose district includes Norman, praised the selection of “The Indians for Indians Hour.”
Cole, a Chickasaw, said, “This is a remarkable honor for OU and for our state. The Library of Congress chooses only a very limited number of recordings for their collection, and the selection of ‘The Indians for Indians Hour' radio program recognizes the significance of Oklahoma's unique tribal heritage and culture.