The Afro-American in Indiana

The Afro-American in Indiana

The radio series, The Afro-American in Indiana, ran from 1971 to 1983 to promote black history to a broad audience. The weekly half-hour radio program was broadcast over Indianapolis public school station WIAN-FM, and focused on the local experiences of African Americans, reaching back to the beginnings of statehood.

The broadcast masters, and likely the only extant recordings, of these programs were stored at Martin University in Indianapolis and later donated to IU’s Archives of African American Music and Culture. MDPI digitized the open-reel tapes in the summer of 2017, and you can listen to them now through Media Collections Online.