The Listeners' Archive

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Steve Lamacq unveils the results of The Listeners' Archive project to recover the lost gems of the BBC's cassette archive.

Across the UK, listeners were asked to scour their lofts, garages and cupboards for tapes, cassettes and other recordings of BBC radio programmes from 1936 to 2000, and handed them in at BBC Centres around the UK on 'Amnesty Day' in mid October.

Since then, a team of engineers have been restoring these programmes to their former glory, at the BBC's historic Maida Vale studios.

Steve presents the cassette edit of the collection, speaking to the listeners who preserved sessions, interviews and charts throughout the years. He finds out what musical moments made them press the "rec" button.

And 6 Music will celebrate the cassette further next month, with a documentary devoted to this format.
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