Private radio stations since 1945
Several radio collections from various radio production companies and private radio stations have been acquired by or given to Ina as a donation. This is the case of the programmes broadcast by The Voice of America’s Paris station, information from the US government, between 1947 and 1975. It is also the case of the Gaston l’Herbier collection, named after a radio technician, which consists in a selection of programmes broadcast mainly by Radio Luxembourg (then RTL) between 1947 and 1980.
Meanwhile, the collection of the “Banque de programmes” association, which in the 1980s organised the FM Festival, contains a selection of programmes broadcast between 1982 and 1985 on nearly 150 local private radios. Finally, entire days of broadcasts (24 hours) from Europe 1, RMC and RTL were recorded between 1980 and 1990.
Private radio stations since 2001
From the year 2001, as part of the legal deposit, the collection extended to programmes from general and theme-based private radio stations (music, the economy, entertainment), which were recorded and preserved in their entirety 24/7.
Then, historic peripheral radios (RMC, RTL, Europe 1) were included within the scope of the legal deposit, along with FM radios with a national coverage: Chérie FM, Europe 2 (qui became Virgin Radio in 2008), Fun Radio, Nostalgie and RTL 2, NRJ and Skyrock, RFM.
In December 2008, BFM and Radio Classique were added to their number, followed by Rire et chansons in September 2009.
"Pirate", “free” and association-run radios
As part of the legal deposit, Ina also manages a collection devoted to so-called “pirate” or “free” radio stations in the 1970s and 1980s, such as Carbone 14, Radio Lorraine heart of steel, Génération 2000, Radio FLIP, Radio Verte and Paris 80. The collection was built up thanks to donations and contains not only recordings in a variety of formats, but also, some precious written documents.
The EPRA (Radiophonic Exchanges and Productions) collection, formed of 27,000 programmes, is also part of the sound archives being incorporated into the Ina collections. For over 20 years, EPRA, a public interest body, allowed for the financing and broadcasting of programmes intended to help immigrant populations become integrated in France. These programmes were produced by over 150 stations on the FM wavelength, more often than not by local or association-run stations.