Firing Line episodes from Hoover's collection first became available to a wide audience on Amazon DVD in 2008 and Amazon Prime in 2012. The release of Hoover’s digital collections website in 2016 prompted a shift in platforms for hosting Firing Line content. The digital collections website not only features full-length videos for 359 shows, but also downloadable transcripts for most of the 1,505 Firing Line shows, as well as fully-searchable context and metadata about each show.
Archivists continue to work with specialized videotape preservation laboratories each year to preserve and make available more Firing Line programs. As more episodes become available in digital format, they will be uploaded to Hoover’s digital collections website and YouTube channel.
Launched in 1966, Firing Line aired for thirty-three years and featured one-on-one debates between Buckley and the world’s leading figures in politics, entertainment, journalism, and academia. The Hoover Institution Library & Archives holds the complete Firing Line archive of original broadcast video recordings, administrative files, program research files, photographs, transcripts, and other materials from the show.
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