Collection Summary

The collection focuses on pieces that bring to life inspiring stories and empowering characters who have helped form Alabama's past and are working to shape its future. There are 46 programs in total covering Alabama’s history from 1982 until 2007. Topics covered in the programs include the life and work of notable people from Alabama like pioneering advocate in Alabama for African American voting rights, W. C. Patton; Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher and journalist Buford Boone; acclaimed novelist and investigative reporter William Bradford Huie; and media and political consultant Frank Greer. The collection also includes pieces on the Bellingrath Gardens, Ave Maria Grotto, the Sequoyah Caverns, the Birmingham Steeldogs, The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, and more. Much of the digitized materials are from a series created by the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio called The Alabama Experience, which ran for two decades. Two of the main producers for the series were Max Shores and Carolyn Hales. Among the smaller series in the collection are Uptown & Country, produced by Max Shores, as well as a number of specials and documentaries created by the University of Alabama’s Center for Public Television and Radio.

Collection Background

Housed in a multimedia product and broadcast facility, the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio (CPT&R) has been producing content for public broadcasting for 57 years. It is located in the Digital Media Center (DMC) found in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the University of Alabama’s campus.

CPT&R’s main mission is to educate, inform, and inspire Alabamians through their production of high quality radio, television, and new media programs and content. Their second goal is to provide opportunities and experience for students interested in media production and broadcasting. This goal was the inspiration behind the Digital Media Center, which is home to the Center for Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, WVUA 23, and Crimson Tide Productions.

This collection of work from CPT&R was digitized in the fall of 2019 by Hannah Hurdle, a Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellow at the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies, in collaboration with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.