business & media archives

The Business & Media Archives is the legacy of Warren P. Williamson, Jr. a pioneer radio and television broadcaster who founded WKBN Broadcasting Corporation in 1926. The collection includes business records, marketing materials, broadcasting equipment, radio recordings and extensive television news film and videotape libraries.

the collection

The Business & Media Archives project is the legacy of Warren P. Williamson, Jr. (1900-1996), a pioneer radio and television broadcaster in the Mahoning Valley who founded WKBN Broadcasting Corporation in 1926. WKBN operated AM and FM radio stations and a UHF television station in the Mahoning Valley market until 1997. All of these stations were affiliates of the CBS Radio and Television Network. Fully realizing and appreciating the tremendous historical and educational value of the materials his company had accumulated since its founding, Mr. Williamson made the initial contribution of funds to start the Business and Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley in 1994. In 1995 WKBN Broadcasting Corporation began to donate its corporate archives, which included business records, marketing materials, broadcasting equipment, radio air check recordings and extensive television news film and videotape libraries. Since then other local media outlets and individuals have contributed historical materials to the Business and Media Archives the Mahoning Valley collection.

Services

BMA staff can conduct research and provide film and video clips for broadcast or educational purposes.The Business & Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley film collection may be used for “in-house” purposes such as research or educational films in a private home, educational, religious or charitable institution, or a commercial enterprise (other than broadcast, cable or media) as long as it is used strictly for in-house purposes which are non-public and to which no admission fee is charged. The collection is protected by copyright and, except as provided for above, the images may not be copied, transferred to other media, broadcast, distributed by cable, sub-licensed, sold or used in any commercial manner without a licensing agreement

Fees

Research, dubbing for private individuals (not for use on air)
$35/hr. for VHS tape
$15 Extra for S-VHS tape

Research, dubbing for local broadcasters
$35 for first 2:00 minutes (minimum)
$10 for each 1:00 minute over minimum

Research, dubbing for national broadcasters
$220/first :60 seconds (minimum)
$40/each :10 over minimum

Repair film: (clean, splice, and fix sprocket holes) $70/hr