1. If you want to preserve digital files, upload them to the Internet Archive at Archive.org where they will be preserved permanently. The BBC Sound Archives rejects items more often than not, but Archive.org never rejects an upload. If they eventually have to take it off display, it will still exist in their storage somewhere.
2. If you want to preserve real items, e.g. video tapes, leave them as a gift in your Will. Donate them to Kaleidoscope now, or leave your entire collection as a bequest to the British Library in London, which accepts pretty much anything that can be catalogued. It has a large collection of, for example, old reel to reel audio tapes, donated over the past 25 years, and still has the equipment to digitise these tapes. The British Library actually stores physically a huge quantity of tapes donated by the BBC, when the old reels in the BBC Sound Archive were converted to digital formats. 'Library' should not be misunderstood as meaning only books - go take a look at the BL's online catalogue to get an idea of how broad the scope of their collections are.
missing radio is far more likely to turn up as reel to reel audio recorders were common in the early 70s to a lot of children even, and to olders before that, hence why audio to all Dr Whos exists, video recorders didnt become common to the mid-1980s even then the early 1980s home VHS was only 288 lines rather than 576. my 1980 VHS recordings of Not The Nine O'clock news show this when converted to 576. We shall see in all the Top20 shows turn up as they were recorded by lots of children at the time.
I think you're confusing the picture resolution of VHS (240 vertical lines that can be made out) with the horizontal lines of the TV system. If early 1980s VHS didn't have 576 horizontal lines then it wouldn't be interlaced video. Which it is. I had several VHS recorders during the 1980s and there isn't a great deal of difference between recordings from 1980 or 1989. In fact I also have Not the Nine O'Clock News recorded.
There was no significant increase in picture resolution until SVHS came along at the end of the 80s and most people weren't interested in it.
Post by Natalie Salat on Sept 15, 2019 10:43:20 GMT
One of the problems is also that most domestic tapers wanted the music not the DJ's, so cut them out. Years later, the tapers who grew up to be collectors realised with regret that they now wished they'd done the reverse.
In the Top20 shows some recording have removed the chart run downs, which is annoying when ive been working on a list of the rundown tracks used, the edited Bo Rhap which is 3mins 30sec that Tom Browne used at the end of its chart rundown stille exists thankfully, as after the 9 weeks at number one, people probably had enough recordings of it by then. The edited Music by John Miles i havnt come across yet, again cut down at the end of its run, its great slao listning to the traffic news in the middle of shows, still the same all these years later. I have a few of the Tommy Boydd Nightlines on tape somewhere.