In 2008, Wakefield resident Peter Stickel donated recordings to
Project of Boston's Other Voice, a lesbian and gay radio program
FM that aired from 1981 to 1989. Stickel was the show's host from 1986
Boston's Other Voice was established by WROR Public Affairs
Latulippe and psychotherapist Dennis Iadarolla in 1981. "Dennis hosted
over four years of weekly shows," said Stickel, "and I hosted another
four years, so all together there were over 400 programs created of
75 or so were rescued from the station when RKO General sold the company
These reel-to-reel recordings were held in storage for years
by Stickel, and many of the tapes had begun to deteriorate. To ensure
that these recordings weren't lost to future
generations, The History Project and Mass Productions--a Boston-based
specializing in transferring sound and video recordings to CD, DVD, or
drives for archival and digital production--began a collaboration to
these them for posterity.
Owned and operated by Paul Adams, Mass Productions has, for more that 12
been transferring and restoring unique recordings from outdated
formats--helping to ensure that these recordings are available to future
Mass Productions began in 1997 on Cape Cod
when Adams discovered a need among his own family and friends to convert
recordings to new formats to improve and preserve them for the future.
demand for his unique skills developed into a small business when Adams
Boston in 1999.
In 2007, Adams launched an official website and was soon providing his
to customers throughout the Boston
Productions has acquired contracts with the Smithsonian
Institute and with the Putney School of Vermont.
Once all of the Boston's
Other Voice tapes were digitized, editing was done to
restore audio components to form complete shows. In addition, audio
improved and noise reduction was applied to clean up the sound. Now the
of Boston's Other Voice is preserved and can be enjoyed
by all once again.
The Boston's Other Voice recordings now available to researchers
community members include a number of interviews with community members,
politicians, and activists on issues of significance to the GLBT
Interviewees include Lois Johnson, Grace Sterling Stowell,
Katherine Triantafillou, Angela
Bowen, Cindy Patton, Mel King, Rudy Kikel, and so many
To learn more about Mass Productions,
visit them online.
For more information about this project,