Rest of the News

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Duration: 1971 - 1977
Location: Ithaca, New York, United States


The Rest of the News (ROTN) was an independent non-profit radio news collective formed in Ithaca, New York in 1971. The group produced 10-15 minute broadcasts following the regular news on WVBR in Ithaca, focusing on significant current topics such as the Attica Prison rebellion of 1971, the liberation movement in Zimbabwe, the Native American movement, the War in Vietnam, and other issues. Programs on Africa include U.S. Investments in Southern Africa, Guinea-Bissau: Birth of a Nation, Guinea-Bissau: A Struggle for Liberation, ZANU Press Conference, Militant Action Dockworkers Support Zimbabwe and Sahel Famine. ROTN also broadcast coverage of a local grassroots campaign which boycotted Portuguese wine, in support of the struggles for independence in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. Broadcasts included interviews with leading participants in these events interwoven with a script and music. By 1973, ROTN was reaching radio stations across the country and launched a weekly national subscription service for its news tapes. (Source: Fall 1974 Catalogue [The Rest of the News, 1974])

Organizational Archive


Title: Rest of the News records and tape recordings
Time Span: 1971 - 1977
Media: 56.1 cubic ft., 520 tapes.
Description: Rest of the News was a radical radio news group formed in Ithaca, New York in 1971. The group produced 10-15 minute broadcasts following the regular news on WVBR in Ithaca, focusing on significant current topics such as the Attica Prison rebellion of 1971, the liberation movement in Zimbabwe, the Native American movement, the War in Vietnam, and other issues. Broadcasts included interviews with leading participants in these events interwoven with a script and music. By 1973, ROTN was reaching radio stations across the country and launched a weekly national subscription service for its news tapes. Includes audio tapes, source material, correspondence, research files, account books, and lists of donors. The archive includes material on African liberation struggles including Guinea-Bissau, South Africa and Zimbabwe, U.S. investment in South Africa, trade with Zimbabwe in violation of United Nations sanctions, and drought in the Sahel. 

Housed At: Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Location: 2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, United States
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