NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 14, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 07
Edition # 595


1928: City Hall reception for Lieut Commander Joseph Lebrix and Captain Dieudonné Costes. The two French aviators had just completed a Paris to Washington, D.C. flight by way of the African coast, South Atlantic, South America, and Mexico.

1944: Leadbelly and Alan Lomax perform at the WNYC American Music Festival.

1950: Concert by The Society for Forgotten Music Quartet at the WNYC American Music Festival.

1966: Rex Stout talks to The New York Herald Tribune Book and Authors Luncheon about poking J.Edgar Hoover in the nose.

1973: Peter Yarrow, Frank Warner, John Cohen and Oscar Brand perform for the WNYC American Music Festival.

1995: Brian Lehrer talks with Newsday columnist Gail Collins about the Mayor's budget on On The Line.
Aviatrix Amelia Earhart
WNYC Chief Announcer Tommy Cowan (bottom, right) provides listeners with a blow-by-blow commentary on Amelia Earhart's City Hall welcome with Mayor Jimmy Walker on June 20, 1932. Earhart was the first woman and the second person to fly the Atlantic solo a month earlier. (Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)


Lorraine Hansberry on WNYC in 1961

"In an interview with Patricia Marx for radio station WNYC in New York, [Lorraine] Hansberry suggested that 'perhaps we must take a more respectful view of the fact that African leaders today say that, with regard to Europe and European traditions in the world, we will take the best of what Europe has produced and the best of what we have produced and try to create a superior civilization out of the synthesis. I agree with them and I think that it commands respect for what will be inherently African in that contribution.' "

Source: Carter, Steven R., Colonialism and Culture in Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs in MELUS, The Journal of the Society of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States, Spring 1988.  To listen to the full Marx interview with Hansberry go to: HANSBERRY.

WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
(Municipal Archives Collection).

    WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

WQXR's Three Birthdays
According to a memo from WQXR President John V. .L. Hogan to WQXR Vice President and General Manager Elliott Sanger on April 17, 1937, WQXR has three birthdays:

December 3, 1936 when the station began using the call letters WQXR; May 21, 1936 when operations expanded beyond experimental broadcasts; and July 2, 1934 the beginning of "extensive non-scheduled experimental transmissions."

Source: Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Elliott M. Sanger Papers.


WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is next July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: WNYC's Earliest Identifiable Recording.

The father of the Russian Revolution was reportedly (surprise, surprise) a big Russian music fan. Putin also loves Russian music.Can this be the common ground for the two Vlads? See: Lenin's Favorite Songs.

 A must-read for any fan of WNYC History: Peter H. Darrow's Going Public: The Story of WNYC's Journey to Independence.


It's Valentine's Day! Have a Heart!

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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