Jason Thomas Pate (1915-1960) was a radio station owner from Havre de Grace, Maryland.
He aired his first radio station, WASA, on May 15, 1948, which was the first broadcasting
station between Baltimore, MD and Wilmington, DE. WASA was notable for being an authoritative
resource for folklife in the Appalachian and Chesapeake regions. After his death,
Pate’s wife, Virginia Forwood Pate Wetter, and his son, Jason David Pate, continued
to operate WASA until its sale in 1992.
Organized into one series: Series I. Reels.
The Jason Pate collection was donated to the Maryland State Arts Council in the 1980s
and consists of audio reel-to-reel tapes, predominantly featuring 1/4" tape on 7"
reels. Tapes document music of the Appalachian migration to Maryland, in the Upper
Chesapeake region, with a significant focus on songster Ola Belle Reed of Rising Sun,
Maryland. Tapes also focus on the African-American jubilee gospel quartet music of
the Little Wonders of Havre de Grace. Pate, whose family owned and operated radio
stations in the Havre de Grace area, WASA and WHDG, donated a number of radio transcriptions,
air checks, feature-length broadcasts of country and gospel music, as well as an extensive
collection of personal interviews/recordings made by Jason David Pate of Ola Belle
Reed, her family, and her musical associates.
This collection was donated to the Maryland State Arts Council in the 1980s. Accessions:
MSS 2013-06, MSS 2014-02, MSS 2014-08.
Jason T. Pate Recording of Alex Campbell and Ola Belle Reed, AFC 1971/049, American
Folklife Center, Library of Congress (Washington, DC).
Processing began in 2016 by Yuri Zietz, with assistance by Riley Auer and Mary Jane
Arnold, and was completed in 2017 by Emily Somach, Riley Auer, and David Russell.
Collection processing included rehousing tape reels; recording metadata from tapes
and original containers; assigning inventory numbers to all reels; creating digital
images of original containers and accompanying material; arranging physical reels
in numerical order; and naming and arranging digital images in a parallel manner.
All original containers have been discarded except for 12 which have been saved as
examples for potential exhibits; they are located in box 30.
The majority of reels were labeled with pre-assigned inventory numbers; reels without
inventory numbers or labeled with numbers from a different system were assigned new
numbers in numerical order.
During processing, some tapes with mold damage were quarantined from the rest of the
collection and several other tapes were identified as missing. All quarantined and
missing items have been withheld from the finding aid and will be added as they are
cleaned, preserved, or found.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including
Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll123.php
Recordings need to be evaluated before use.
Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Pate, Jason Thomas
Ball, E. C., Estil Cortez, 1913-1978
Pate, Jason David
Reed, Ola Belle, 1916-2002
African American gospel singers -- Maryland
Folk music -- Appalachian Region, Southern
Gospel music -- Maryland
Pate, Jason Thomas -- Archives
Date: 1960-1983; bulk 1970-1977
Extent: 29 boxes (43.5 linear feet)