THE THOMAS AND DOROTHY LEAVEY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LOS ANGELES RESEARCH COLLECTION
WHICH WAY, LA? COLLECTION, 1992-2000 (CSLA-20)
ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATIONCOLLECTION TITLE AND NUMBER: Which Way, LA? Collection, 1992-2000. CSLA-20ACCESSION NUMBER: 2001.36; gift of radio station KCRWCOLLECTION SIZE: 598 programs, 124 transcripts now open to researchersPROCESSING HISTORY: Processed by Steven Smith, Joe Purtell, Susan Jones, and Clay Stalls, Department of Archives and Special Collections. Guide written by Clay Stalls. Date: 2003
"Which Way, LA?" is a public service radio program of KCRW, the National Public Radio station of Santa Monica Junior College, Santa Monica, California. "Which Way, LA? began in 1992 as a weekday program examining the state of Los Angeles after the civil calamity that were the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. Under the guidance of host Warren Olney and producer Ruth Seymour, "Which Way, LA?" was originally intended only as a temporary program, but its depth and relevance to Los Angeles social and political events resulted in its becoming part of KCRW's regular programming. Now publicized by KCRW as the program "on the issues Southern Californians care about," "Which Way, LA?" is a fixture on the city's air waves and stands as a landmark program in the history of Los Angeles broadcast journalism.
The first three years of the program (1992-1994) are open to researchers, with transcripts available for the first year. Processing of this immense collection is a work in progress; as programs in the collection are processed the program information will be added to the on-line collection guide.
To learn more about the holdings of the Which Way LA? Collection consult the following pages of this on-line guide.
COLLECTION DESCRIPTION: A general description of the types, topics, and research value of the materials found in CSLA-20. A discussion of the technological format of the programs is also included.
SERIES DESCRIPTIONS: The collection is arranged in subject categories called series, which are described in this section of the on-line guide. The series descriptions provide links to the indices for the programs and the manner in which they are stored and can be accessed.
RESEARCH ACCESS: The collection is open for research by appointment with no restrictions under the conditions of the access policy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045. To schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Archives and Special Collections at 310-338-5710 or 310-338-5357, or email the department: Special.Collections@lmu.edu. The Research Collection is a program of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles. The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles thanks the John and Dora Randolph Haynes Foundation for the grant that made possible the processing of this portion of the Which Way, LA? Collection.
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