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Finding Aid to the IMRU Radio Sound Recordings and Administrative Records, 1970-2011 Coll2014.112
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  • Administrative History
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Separated Materials
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: IMRU Radio sound recordings and administrative records
    creator: Overnight Productions
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.112
    Physical Description: 83.7 Linear Feet 57 boxes, 2 cartons, 9 flat boxes, and 6 oversize banners.
    Date (inclusive): 1970-2011
    Abstract: Open reel audiotape, audiocassettes, compact discs, production files, administrative records, banners, and other material, 1970-2011, from IMRU Radio, an LGBT radio program airing on KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. The Gay Radio Collective first produced IMRU in 1974. The bulk of the collection is sound recordings and production files for IMRU's full episodes, feature segments, news segments, community event calendars, airchecks, promotional segments, and outtakes.

    Administrative History

    Excerpted from the IMRU Radio website:
    "The original IMRU Collective formed in September of 1974 after volunteers responded to flyers KPFK left at the Gay Community Services Center seeking gay male programmers interested in producing a new gay themed show on the station. Greg Gordon, Enrich Murrello, and Colin McQueen answered the call and began producing The Great Gay Radio Conspiracy at 11pm the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Soon the Gay Radio Collective had expanded to include lesbians, moved to Sunday at 10pm and was being broadcast three times a month, and in February of 1975 The Great Gay Radio Conspiracy changed its moniker to the one it still answers to 36 years later... IMRU [I Am, Are You?]."
    "Since 1983 the IMRU Radio Collective has worked under the auspices of Overnight Productions, a California 501c3 non-profit founded to promote civil rights, social action, and advocacy for the LGBT community via radio production. Besides IMRU, Overnight Productions is responsible for the internationally-syndicated This Way Out [...] Today, many of the features produced for IMRU also air on This Way Out and vice versa."
    "IMRU has received numerous community and professional broadcasting awards over the years, including at least ten Golden Mike Awards from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California and a Silver Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters."
    As of 2014, IMRU Radio continues to air weekly on KPFK Pacifica Radio.
    Source: IMRU Radio. "IMRU History." Accessed December 11, 2014. http://imruradio.org/IMRURadio/History_B.html

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. Special handling is required for the sound recordings in this collection. Access to the audiotapes/sound recordings are by appointment only.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Collection was acquired, circa 2000-2002. Donor and method of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] IMRU Radio Sound Recordings and Administrative Records, Coll2014-112, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Formerly box #104-048. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, with assistance from ONE Archives volunteers and interns, November 2014.

    Separated Materials

    The following items have been separated to the ONE Archives periodicals collection:
    Affinity, Official Publication of Affirmation Gay and Lesbian Mormons (October 1987)
    Affirmation, Gay and Lesbian Mormons Los Angeles Chapter Newsletter (October 1987)
    Beth Chayim Chadashim Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 9 (March 1977)
    Beth Chayim Chadashim Newsletter Vol. 5, No. 6-7 (December 1977-January 1978)
    The Chalkboard: the newsletter of the Gay and Lesbian Educators of So. Cal. Inc. (October 1987)
    Community Guild Digest (February 1978)
    Community Guild Newsletter (August/September 1977)
    Folio (November 1977, January 1978)
    Frontrunners, Track Club of Greater Los Angeles (January 1988)
    The Gay Catholic: A Monthly Newsletter of The Dignity/Los Angeles Community, Issue 8 & 12 (August & December 1977)
    The Gay Lutheran No. 24 (October 1977)
    Gay Rights Newsletter, ACLU of Southern California (February 1978)
    Gender-News Vol. 1, Issue 2-3 (December 1977-January 1978)
    The IMRU News Letter Vol. 1, No. 1 (June 1985)
    IMRU Radio News No. 1 (Spring 1988)
    It's Time, Newsletter of the National Gay Task Force Vol. 4, No. 2 (November 1977)
    The Journal of Male Feminism Vol. 77, No. 3 (1977)
    The Lesbian News No. 31 (February 1978)
    The List Magazine Vol. 1, Issue 12 (June 1994)
    L.O.V.E.R. News and Information (1977)
    The L.O.V.E.R. Home Companion No. 1, Vol. 2 (1977)
    The Manifest (Integrity, Los Angeles) Vol. 3, No. 4 (August 1977)
    NGTF Action Report (October-December 1977)
    On The Line: the newsletter of the Gay Rights National Lobby Vol. 1, No. 4
    The One in Los Angeles Butterfly Vol. 4, No. 2 (February 1978)
    Open Forum Vol. 55, No. 2 (February 1978)
    Out Magazine No. 13-14 (June-July/August 1994)
    Out On The Air Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 1992)
    Outlook: The Los Angeles Chapter Newsletter (October 1987)
    The Owl, Vol. 1, No. 6 (July/August 1977)
    Parents and Friends of Gays (August-September 1977)
    Southern California Women for the Whitman-Radclyffe Foundation News Vol. 1, No. 8 (1977)
    SPREE (December 1977)
    USC Gay Student Union Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 4 (March 17, 1977)
    Whitman-Brooks Happenings Vol. 8, No. 8 & 10 (August & October 1987)
    The following items have been separated to the ONE poster collection:
    Cultural Festival of the Gay Games IV poster (1994)
    Gay Pride poster (1977)
    Gay Games IV; Games Can Change The World; Unity '94 New York City poster (1994)
    The following items have been separated to the ONE audiovisual collection:
    All Out Comedy, 1993 (1 VHS tape, VV3187)
    Desi's Looking for a New Girl, 2000 (1 VHS, VV3188)
    POV, "One Nation Under God," 1994 (1 VHS, VV3189)
    Scared to Death, undated (1 VHS, VV3190)

    Scope and Contents

    This collection comprises sound recordings, production files, administrative records, banners, and other material, 1970-2011, from IMRU Radio, an LGBT radio program airing on KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. The bulk of the collection is sound recordings on open reel audiotape. The collection also includes audiocassettes, compact discs, and digital audio tape (DAT) cassettes. The sound recordings include full episodes, feature segments, news segments, promotional segments, airchecks, outtakes, and other elements used in the production of IMRU episodes. Sound recordings also include LGBT-related productions of shows that aired on KPFK, such as This Way Out and Radio GLLU (Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos). The production files include log sheets, transcripts, resource material, and other documents used in the research and production of IMRU segments, such as featured stories and the Community Calendar segment. The general administrative records include bylaws, minutes, correspondence, program schedule flyers, and other material for the on-going operations of IMRU Radio. In particular, the administrative records document the early years (1970s) of IMRU when it was operated by the all-volunteer Gay Radio Collective.


    This collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Sound recordings
    Subseries 1.1. Open reel audiotape
    Subseries 1.2. Audiocassettes
    Subseries 1.3. Compact discs (CD) and digital audio tape (DAT)
    Series 2. Production files
    Series 3. General administrative records and ephemera

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Homosexuality on radio
    Interviews (Sound recordings)
    Mass media and gays -- United States
    Radio stations -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Sound recordings
    IMRU Radio -- Archives
    Pacifica Radio -- Archives
    Pacifica Radio Archive -- Archives
    Overnight Productions
    Gay Radio Collective -- Archives