NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 18, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 47
Edition # 736

1924: From the Mark Strand Theater in Brooklyn, live performances from: The Ritz Male Quartette, The Mark Strand Orchestra, tenor Carlo Ferretti, coloratura soprano Charlotte Berg, a xylophone duet by the Green Brothers, and violinist Sasha Kindle, perform live.

1947: Mayor William O'Dwyer addresses a crowd of children about the importance of the Friendship Food Train, which is  ending its journey across the U.S. in New York City.

1959: I. Philip Sipser, labor lawyer and Chairman of the Waterfront Committee of the Urban League of Greater New York, is the guest on Campus Press Conference. Sipser talks about discrimination against African-American longshoremen.

1966: Mayor John Lindsay tells reporters he hopes the 20-cent subway fare will not have to go up.

Communication & Broadcast Engineering Magazine Runs 3-Page Feature on WNYC's 100-watt PA Truck.

Aaron Nadell writes: "The truck itself is a 1937 Chevrolet, streamlined, and finished in aluminum with fenders and wheels of ultramarine blue...two-tone lettering. The flag of the city flies from the central staff. The number 810 at the rear of the body shows the frequency of Station WNYC."

The truck was used for "park concerts, parades and public celebrations. Its first use was in connection with the formal opening of the west side elevated highway for automobile traffic. The truck’s microphones and loudspeakers reinforced the speeches of the city officials. Afterward, it participated in the parade of vehicles that followed the cutting of the ribbon stretched across the new roadway." The truck also relayed the ceremony via shortwave to the station for general broadcast. (Photo courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives)

Kurt Vonnegut was interviewed on WNYC's Reader's Almanac no less than 5 times!
To listen to them all and more, see: Vonnegut.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. To celebrate we've been highlighting some Great Artists interviews in the collection. Among them, Bob Sherman's 1978 conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, critic, and author Ned Rorem. They talk about his new book, An Absolute Gift: A New Diary.

We've partnered with to make scanned versions of our old program guides available and eventually searchable on-line. 26 editions are up!
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, less than 8 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions, broadcasts and milestones celebrating nearly a century on the air in the public interest. This week: WNYC Broadcasts From One of the First Anti-Nazi Rallies Held in the U.S.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features:  Eleanor Roosevelt talks about her trip to the Soviet Union.

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