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Amanda Wilde

Amanda Wilde

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David Giovannoni
Early Music Expert and Collector

I don't have a bio, I'm just a guy who grew up on a farm, went to college, and got into public radio at too young an age and stayed in it too long. According to the myths out there I'm either the genius who saved public radio or the philistine who wrecked it; both characterizations suffer from serious inaccuracies.During my dotage I've been producing CDs and writing liner notes which, in the last two years, have been nominated for four Grammys and won one Lost Sounds – Best Historical Album, 2007).

I also work with First Sounds, a collaboration of experts dedicated to making all sound recordings from the 1800s available to all people for all time.ou may have heard about our recent discovery of the world's first sound recording from 1860 and our resur–rec–tion of the voice; it was front page news a few weeks ago. That has led to a number of speaking engagements and a senseless loss of sleep (for me, not my audiences).

Tim Brooks
Early Music Expert and Collector

Regarded as one of television's leading historians, Tim Brooks has had a parallel career as a writer on television and record industry history. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present (1979), co–authored with Earle Marsh, is a standard industry reference that won an American Book Award in 1980 and is now in its ninth edition. His groundbreaking Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry (2004) won three major academic awards, and a related double–CD by the same name won a Grammy Award in 2007. He has also authored or co–authored several other books and numerous articles. He has been a leader in the field of recording research, serving as president of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in the 1980s and in various other capacities for that organization, including (currently) chair of the Copyright Committee. He has authored the ARSC Journal's "Current Bibliography" column, which surveys literature in the field, since 1979. He received ARSC's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Tim Brooks retired at the end of 2007 as Executive Vice President of Research for Lifetime Television, where he was responsible for all research concerning Lifetime's programming, online and advertising sales efforts. A detailed biography can be found at