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Grant helping Wartburg digitize KWWL tapes

WAVERLY, Iowa – Thousands of tapes, with KWWL and Iowa history on them, are in danger of being lost forever.

But Wartburg is stepping in to save the stories. The college has around 9,000 KWWL tapes in its archive session.

Some of tapes date as far back as the 70s, 80s and 90s. The problem is these are magnetic tapes that are degrading, and the equipment used to play them back is no longer being made.

“This content is very close to being lost to history,” says archivist Amy Moorman.

But Wartburg recently received a grant, which will allow them to digitize a portion of the KWWL tape collection.  This means content from around 2,400 KWWL tapes will eventually be available online.

The business, Scene Savers, is helping with this project. This is company that’s based out of Kentucky. Wartburg received around $165,000 in grant money for this project.

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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