Bob Fass Recordings and Papers, 1960-2011 bulk 1963-1991
In the 1960s, Bob Fass helped create the format known as free-form radio on his program, Radio Unnameable, at WBAI in New
York City. Fass became known for his long, discursive conversations with his listeners, as well as for the many musicians,
performers, and activists who appeared on his show. Radio Unnameable provided a platform for many key figures of 1960s counterculture
and helped launch the careers of artists including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Joni Mitchell. Fass also used the show to
cover protests and current events of interest to his audience, including the 1963 March on Washington, the protests at the
1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the 1988 Tompkins Square Park Riot.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains materials created by Bob Fass, host of the late-night program Radio Unnameable on New York City's
WBAI radio station. The collection primarily consists of audio recordings of Radio Unnameable and other radio programs hosted
by Bob Fass between 1963 and 2011. It includes approximately 5,600 audio and video recordings. A comparatively small amount
of photographs, correspondence, and ephemera is also included in the collection.