Description: Since 1993, WNYC’s seminal program On the Media investigates “how the media shapes our world view.” The WNYC Archives’ collection of early On the Media broadcasts is significant because it is both a profile and a chronicle of the media just before and during the infancy of the internet age. It is also a critical compendium of discussions on many of the issues involving the media, journalism, and reporters that continue to resurface regardless of era. The show’s lively and provocative exchanges provide listeners with a captivating look at the inner workings of news operations while exploring the impact of decisions by editors, producers, and media executives on elections, public policy, and the shaping of public opinion and attitudes. Funding from a previous METRO grant and from the National Recording Preservation Foundation has allowed the NYPR Archives team to digitize the first episodes from 1993 through May 1997. The current METRO grant will provide funding to digitize the remaining early OTM collection covering episodes from 1998-2000.