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The Race to Save Old News Footage

By Tom

On August 8th
a new 5K race will make its debut, one that has a unique cause.  The 5K Celebrity Run/Walk will benefit
the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s effort to preserve and  archive old local news footage.

The race will be held on Saturday, August 8th
at 9 AM, beginning and ending at WNED-TV on Lower Terrace in Buffalo. The route
will take runners and walkers throughout the Erie Basin Marina and the
renovated Erie Canal Harbor area. Pre-registration costs $18, $30 after August
5th (including day of the race). Shirts, post-race party and
trophies will be provided.

The Buffalo
Broadcasters Association was created to preserve and promote the area’s local
broadcasting history.  For several
years, the association has been storing old news film from the ’60’s and 70’s. 
However, this irreplaceable video history of Western New York continues to
deteriorate.  The Association has
rented a warehouse to store years of film collected, and now wants to catalog
the film and transfer it to a digital format.

We don’t have copies
of many local TV news programs from the 60s and 70s, either because they weren’t
recorded or because the videotapes were erased and recycled. Sad to say, news
footage of some of the major local events of that era just doesn’t exist
anymore. Much of the TV film and videotape that we do have is very susceptible to
deterioration in its present format.


What is at risk is the
remaining visual history of a fascinating period in the history of the area. The
association is pursuing a $10,000 matching grant from the Harnisch Foundation
to support its archiving project. About $5000 has been raised, and the hope is
to raise the rest of the money at the race. However, that would just be a small
step toward the ultimate goal. The overall cost of the project, which includes
building a climate-controlled facility where the images can be stored and
accessed, is estimated at over $1 million.


The race also will benefit the Homeless
Veterans of Western New York. Check out for more details.

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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