The mission of the Heritage Radio Society is the preservation and encouragement of traditional American popular music, especially from the early to mid 20th century ; pointing out, where appropriate, its relationship to the historic events of the time. In addition to being the licensee of WYAR-FM, our activities include the collection and preservation of early sound recordings and the historical data associated with them. We have amassed more than 15,000 78rpm recordings.

 

Our secondary mission is nothing less than make a landmark difference in supporting Education and the Arts community in Greater Portland.

          We run publicity spots for special events by other charitable or educational organizations free of charge.

          We make our facilities available to local high schools for the airing of their concerts and other arts functions.

          WYAR encourages current & local musicians working with traditional popular music to feature in on-air programming.

          Our facilities are also available to town government needs upon request.

 

The staff and management of WYAR believe strongly that such musical names as George M. Cohan, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Sigmund Romberg, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller (just to name a few) form a unique treasure that must be preserved for all to enjoy.

 

Historians have been able to preserve the great names and events of our history. It is up to organizations like Heritage Radio Society to do the same for our music.

 

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Mission & Services

HERITAGE RADIO SOCIETY, INC

NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY FOR

THE PRESERVATION OF

RECORDED SOUND