NYPR Archives & Preservation
May 9, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 17
Edition # 605


1942: Professor Bennington P. Gill of the Department of Mathematics at City College talks about mathematics in the war on The Role of Science in the War.

1951: Bill Leonard and Bertrand D. Jallamy, of the New York State Department of Public Works, discuss the work of that department in preparing for an atomic attack on this edition of Plan for Survival.
 A Cat in the Lap 
Evans Clark produced the regular Latin American music program South American Way on WNYC, 1940-1941. From 1943-1944 on WQXR, he hosted Nights in Latin America. Both programs were a showcase for his extensive record collection. He was an avid collector and scholar of Latin American music and amassed a music library without peer. Evans Clark was also the Director of the 20th Century Fund from 1928-1953 and was on the editorial board of the New York Times,1954-1962. (Photo: Blackstone-Shelburne/Pru Devon Collection/NYPR Archives)


Tony Schwartz: WNYC's Man on the Street
""Many of the recordings that eventually became Nueva York* were made in San Juan Hill and Lincoln Square, neighborhoods that planner Robert Moses slated for slum clearance in 1955 to develop Lincoln Center. In addition to living just blocks away from years' worth of earsplitting demolition and construction, Schwartz understood how thousands of his neighbors were silenced in order to create the quiet entertainment space for the powerful, prosperous, and privileged. Schwartz produced a radio program for WNYC in protest, drawing on the many Puerto Rican, Jewish, and Italian musician-residents he had recorded within the new center's looming footprint. A skeptical Schwartz closed the program with the equivocal 'hope [that] it [Lincoln Center] brings as much culture to the community as did the people who were displaced."
Source: Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, writing in "Splicing the Sonic Color-Line: Tony Schwartz Remixes Postwar Nueva York," Social Text 102, Vol. 28, No.1, Spring 2010, p. 71.
*Nueva York: A Tape Documentary of Puerto Rican New Yorkers is  a 1955 Folkways album based on more than 120 hours of recordings by Tony Schwartz. Media pioneer Tony Schwartz was among the first to recognize the value of the portable tape recorder.  For thirty-one years (1945-1976), he created and produced a weekly program on WNYC featuring many of the recordings that were compiled into albums for Folkways Records.  Photographer Edward Steichen called Tony the man "who moved sound recording into the realm of the arts."

Note: Jennifer Stoever Ackerman is also the Editor-in-Chief of Sounding Out!

This week we marked the 69th anniversary of V-E Day with this ditty.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

    WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Jacques Fray: WQXR Disc Jockey
"In August 1947, WQXR announced that it had acquired its first 'disc jockey,' Jacques Fray, who made his debut on WQXR on a program entitled Listening to Music with Jacques Fray. In promotional material the station described him as "the first classical music disc jockey in New York."

Fray played classical and semi-classical record releases and made comments about works and composers which he described as a "potpourri of thoughts about music." Using an informal, personalized approach, the classical 'disc jockey' reminisced about famous figures whom he had known in the music world..."

Source: Evelyn Willson Wendt, writing in A History of WQXR and WQXR-FM, The Radio Stations of the New York Times. Columbia University Thesis, 1962, pg. 158
WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is this July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: We Love People Who Love Brooklyn

A desire for classical music while surrounded by a sea of pop, jazz and jive can put a damper on your social life. In spite of this, one anonymous Army private details his efforts to listen to WQXR in the June, 1943 WQXR Program Guide, see: Boys in the Bach Room.

Did you know that WQXR did a little experimenting in the late 1960s? See: ROCKNROLL.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column)

We're also working on the WQXR Facebook timeline. (1929 - present)

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