I've been out sick most of the week, but will post a brief update on the tape restoration project that has been discussed here before. Jeff Crawford loaned me a tape deck that actually plays back at 1 7/8th IPS - a real rarity these days. Although the deck has some limitations and will not be adequate for archiving all of the tapes, it did give me a chance to listen to a few of them. There is plenty of public affairs programming but also some music, commercials, DJ talk, and a "community bulletin board" wherein Compton or Hank reads messages about people needing a ride to California, or giving away free kittens, or needing to buy a used car cheap, etc. And, most intriguing, there are some promotional spots for a TV show on KAET called "Stages" hosted by Bill Compton. So apparently he was doing a music show on local TV as early as 1970-1971! Anybody remember this? There are still a number of economic, technological, and practical challenges to dealt with before the tapes can be digitized and made available, but we're working on it.