Hargrett Library Opens Four Broadcasting and Journalism Collections

April 23, 2013 – 10:43 AM

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce four new broadcasting and journalism collections:

Sidney Pike papers

Sidney Pike’s (b. 1927) career in television began with producing and directing baseball programming for Boston’s WBZ-TV and WHDH-TV for 17 years. During his tenure at WHDH, Pike also produced a documentary, “American Way of Life,” using his own family for an exchange of television programming between Brazil and the U.S. from 1961 to 1963. In 1968, he moved to Atlanta to be the station manager of WQXI-TV, Channel 11. Three years later, Pike joined Ted Turner to develop the newly-purchased UHF channel, establishing a relationship that lasted for twenty-five years. He served as station manager of WTBS until 1980, when Turner created CNN. In 1984, Pike began travelling the globe selling CNN International programming and retired as President of CNN International Special Projects in 1996. The papers document the television broadcasting career of Pike at WBZ-TV, WHDH-TV, ABC, WQXI-TV, Channel 17, WTBS, and CNN. The collection includes scripts, correspondence, photographs, public domain research files, clippings, and audiovisual materials.

Aubrey Morris papers

Aubrey R. Morris (1922-2010) attended the University of Georgia and studied journalism (ABJ ’45). He began his career as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal covering the city of Atlanta and city hall. After thirteen years at the Journal, he joined WSB-TV and helped develop the first radio news department in Georgia. He served thirty years as news and editorial director at WSB, retiring in 1987. The papers include drafts, researched and written by Morris, of several WSB Radio productions including editorials (1981-1989), Dateline America (1975-1976), and Georgia Crossroads (1983). The collection includes certificates, photographs, plaques, scrapbooks, and audiovisual material related to Morris’ career. There are audio recordings of Dateline America, The World Today (1983-1984), and Georgia Crossroads (1983) and several films including Ernest Vandiver in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Furman Bisher papers

Furman Bisher (1918-2012) began his career in journalism as the editor of the Lumberton (N.C.) Voice in 1938 and later joined the Charlotte News in 1940, becoming sports editor eight years later. In 1950, he moved to Georgia to work at the Atlanta Constitution as sports editor and then joined the Atlanta Journal as sports editor and columnist on February 3, 1957. From 1950 to 1968, Bisher was also a moderator on the weekly Atlanta TV show, “Football Review.” After covering a multitude of major sporting events and writing more than 15,000 columns and articles (in addition to twelve books), Bisher retired from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2009. This collection primarily consists of notebooks created by Bisher to record sporting events, article ideas, and interviews with various athletes. The notes include coverage of the World Series, Super Bowl, Masters, Kentucky Derby, and five Olympic Games. There are clippings documenting Bisher’s column from Charlotte News, Atlanta Journal, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The research/professional files include clippings, correspondence, and printed materials about the Masters.

Ray Moore papers

Ray Moore (b. 1922) grew up in North Carolina and served in the Army during World War Two as a radio broadcaster with the Tenth Armored Division. He utilized the GI Bill to attend Columbia University and was able to train in at NBC Studios. After working in Johnson City, Tennessee, he joined WSB Radio in 1951 and then WSB-TV the following year. Moore worked for the station for 18 more years, serving as news director of WSB until 1969 when he left to join WAGA-TV (Channel 5). In 1974, he retired from broadcasting entirely. Moore produced a number of documentaries on penal reform, school desegregation, hunger, religion, and urban development. This collection consists primarily of news scripts from WSB-TV (1964-1968) and WAGA-TV (1969-1975) about a number of topics including urban development and race relations. Also included are scripts for two of Moore’s documentaries, The Search and Center of Creation.


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