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The Defiance Broadcasting Company - MS 444

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Introduction

The Defiance Broadcasting Company Collection consists of information relating to the company dating from 1966 to 1984. The data includes correspondence, subject files, legal documents, financial documents, photographic material, and audio recordings.

The information was donated and transferred to the Center for Archival Collections in December 16, 1987 with the cooperation of Joseph Arpad. There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for purposes of preservation and scholarly research.

Agency History

Beginning in 1977, Joseph and Susan Arpad, both members of the faculty at Bowling Green State University, organized and developed the Defiance Broadcasting Company to petition the FCC for allocation of a radio station in Defiance, Ohio.

Although it never was able to begin broadcasting, the Defiance Broadcasting Company was successfully able to petition the FCC to change its table of allocations to locate a 50,000 watt FM station in Defiance and became a corporation in 1981 when it applied for this FM station.

The Defiance Broadcasting Company's bid, however, was defeated in a comparative hearing before the FCC for the construction permit to build the station. As a result, the corporation was dissolved in 1984.

Scope and Content

The Defiance Broadcasting Company Collection consists of records and information dating from 1966 to 1984. The bulk of these records document the time period during which the company attempted to obtain a construction permit and license from the FCC for a new radio station. The collection, however, is severely weakened by the lack of such documentation as meeting minutes, annual reports and other business records which would provide more detailed information on the operations of the company.

The extensive amount of subject files which contain articles, brochures, and programs of interest to the DBC do provide some insights into the company's mission. They also are an excellent source of information on developments in radio equipment, programming technology, business techniques, and the radio industry during this period.

The large number of audio recordings in the collection provide a fine source of information concerning programs and formatting styles offered during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

DBC Correspondence
1983-1984 (scattered)
Arranged chronologically
Includes correspondence between DBC and John Tierney, Alan Campbell, and Howard Lieberman concerning FCC and employment application materials.

SUBJECT FILES

DBC Subject Files.
1966-1984 (scattered)
Arranged alphabetically by topic
Includes information collected by DBC on various topics, organizations, and issues important to the radio industry and DBC in particular.

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

Court Records
1981-1983
Arranged chronologically
Includes information, transcripts, evidence, and other legal documents involving the DBC and its court battles.

FCC Application
1980-1984
Arranged alphabetically by topic
Includes information on DBC application to FCC for construction permits, including formal application, rough drafts, exhibit lists for hearings, transcripts of hearings.

FCC Rulings
1977-1982
Arranged alphabetically by topic
Includes FCC rulings on a variety of issues, copies of rules and regulations of the FCC.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

Financial Records-DBC
1975-1982
Arranged chronologically
Includes construction estimates, application and brochure for BancOhio loans, Williams County OEDP report and program projection, copies of financial proposals, articles on tax issues, sales receipts.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

Positive Prints
n.d.
Includes newspaper photos of local people, public witnesses, community leaders and a folder of pictures of Bellefontaine.

AUDIO RECORDINGS

Programs/Formats
1979-1982, n.d.
Includes samples of programs and formats offered by various formatting companies.

Inventory

Box 1: Correspondence, Subject Files

Folder
  1. Correspondence, 1983-1984
  2. Ascertainment/Surveys, 1975-1980
  3. Ascertainment/Surveys, 1980
  4. Ascertainment/Surveys, 1980-1981

Box 2: Subject Files

Folder
  1. Ascertainment, 1981
  2. Business information/news, 1966-1971
  3. Business information/news, 1972-1977

Box 3: Subject Files

Folder
  1. Business info/news, 1977-1980
  2. Business info/news, 1980-1982
  3. Business info/news, 1982-1984

Box 4: Subject Files

Folder
  1. National Association of Broadcasting, 1977
  2. Notes, 1980-1983
  3. Personnel/Applications, 1981-1983
  4. Programming/Format information, A-De

Box 5: Subject Files

Folder
  1. Programming/Format Information, De-R
  2. Programming/Format Information, R-W
  3. Radio Equipment, A

Box 6: Subject Files

Folder
  1. Radio Equipment, A-Di
  2. Radio Equipment, Do-Mar
  3. Radio Equipment, Mar-Ro

Box 7: Subject Files

Folder
  1. Radio Equipment, S-Te
  2. Radio Equipment, Te
  3. Radio Equipment, Te-W
  4. Radio Industry/News, 1977-1982
  5. Radio Industry/News, 1982-1984

Box 8: Subject Files

Folder
  1. Radio Stations for Sale, Bellef-Bellev
  2. Radio Stations for Sale, BG-BV
  3. Radio Stations for Sale, Coa-Par

Box 9: Subject Files/Legal Documents

Folder
  1. Radio Stations for Sale(general info), 1981-1983
  2. Radio Stations for Sale(general info), 1981-1983
  3. Court Proceedings of DBC, 1981-1983

Box 10: Legal Documents

Folder
  1. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Af-Ap
  2. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Ap-Apn

Box 11: Legal Documents

Folder
  1. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, App-Cen
  2. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Dbc-Do

Box 12: Legal Documents

Folder
  1. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Ex
  2. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Findings
  3. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Fr

Box 13: Legal Documents

Folder
  1. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, No-Pl
  2. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Pr-Ru
  3. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Transcript 1

Box 14: Legal Documents

Folder
  1. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Transcript 2
  2. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Transcript 3
  3. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Transcript 4
  4. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Wc-Wo

Box 15: Legal Documents

Folder
  1. DBC application/proceedings to the FCC for construction permit, Wo
  2. FCC regulations and information, B-Co
  3. FCC regulations and information, D-FccR

Box 16: Legal Documents, Financial Records, Photographs

Folder
  1. FCC regulations and information, G-U
  2. DBC Financial Information, 1975-1981
  3. DBC Financial Information, 1981-1982
  4. Photographic material

Box 17: Audio Recordings

Envelope
  1. NAB Creating your niche..., 1982
    NAB Digital Audio, 1982
  2. NAB Engineering Problems, 1979
    NAB Getting Wired with Ma Bell, 1982
  3. NAB Killer Marketing..., 1982
    NAB Maximum Results..., 1979
  4. NAB Promotion Mileage..., 1979
    NAB Proven Money-Making..., 1979
  5. NAB Selling When Your Numbers..., 1979
    NAB Small Market..., 1982
  6. NAB The Vital Role..., 1979
    NAB Winning with Negotiations, 1979
  7. RKO Radio Networks "Ask the Expert"/"Starweekend Features", n.d.
    RKO Radio Networks "Radioshows 2", 1982
    RKO Radio Networks "Sunday Magazine", 1981
  8. Satellite Music Network "Presentation", n.d.
  9. Scott Broadcasting Services "Medical Journal", n.d.
  10. Strand Broadcasting Services "Something you...", n.d.
  11. Voices from the Oil Patch, n.d.

Box 18: Audio Recordings

Envelope
  1. Peter Productions "The Great Ones," Two of Us" n.d.
  2. Smithsonian Gallery, n.d.
    Southcott Productions, n.d.
  3. Tanner "Aircheck," "The Director", n.d.
    Tanner, n.d.
  4. FM100 Plan, n.d.
  5. Live Sound Inc., n.d.
  6. Peter Productions, n.d.
  7. William Tanner "Pacific Green," n.d.
  8. William Tanner "Pacific Green," n.d.
  9. TM Productions Inc., n.d.
  10. TM Productions Inc.

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