RadioTalk: a large-scale corpus of talk radio transcripts

Doug Beeferman, William Brannon, and Deb Roy. (2019). RadioTalk: A large-scale corpus of talk radio transcripts. In Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2019). Graz, Austria.


We introduce RadioTalk, a corpus of speech recognition transcripts sampled from talk radio broadcasts in the United States between October of 2018 and March of 2019. The corpus is intended for use by researchers in the fields of natural language processing, conversational analysis, and the social sciences. The corpus encompasses approximately 2.8 billion words of automatically transcribed speech from 284,000 hours of radio, together with metadata about the speech, such as geographical location, speaker turn boundaries, gender, and radio program information. In this paper we summarize why and how we prepared the corpus, give some descriptive statistics on stations, shows and speakers, and carry out a few high-level analyses.

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