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WCYB recording of Stanley Bros. labeled as endangered artifact

A recording from WCYB Radio's Farm and Fun Time has been labeled as an endangered artifact by the Virginia Association of Museums. (VAM)

Bluegrass gold is locked inside a vinyl record archived in Richmond. Right now, it is inaccessible but you could help recovery a part of history.

The Virginia Association of Museums has named a transcription disc containing a performance from The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys from the 1940s on WCYB's "Farm and Fun Time" as one of ten endangered artifacts.

The show began in 1946 and gave bluegrass and country artists a platform for their music through the airwaves of a station that covered five states at the time.

Time and elements have caused damage to the disc but restoration could be in its future if the item is chosen for preservation through a VAM contest that has ten items up for a vote. The winner, determined by online voting, will be repaired through a monetary award from the Blandford Rees Foundation, the agency said in a report.

Votes will be counted beginning Monday and the deadline is Jan. 24 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Feb. 21 at the Virginia Historical Society.

The complete list of entries is available at www.vatop10artifacts.org.

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