NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 30, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 53
Edition # 742


The Newspaper Club of New York holds a children's Christmas party. The entertainment line-up includes Marilyn Miller, the Duncan Sisters, The Singer Midgets, George Haas and His Singing Canaries, Betty Bronson, Toto, Bob Miller, Gedney and Magee, Winifred Toomey, Rachel Mastrota, Richard B. Gilbert, Sam Wooding's Orchestra and Teddy, the baby elephant.

1945: Mayor F. H. La Guardia delivers his swan song on WNYC. He discusses the recent conference of Allied powers in Moscow, the future of Idlewild Airport, WNYC's new FM license, and upcoming concerts and performances at the Museum of Natural History and at City Center. He also reads letters from a young man who repaid the city for a stolen light bulb.

1952: Walter Stegman, linguist, record collector, and translator of opera libretti hosts Speaking of Music.


January 1, 1938 

Launch of 'America's Hours of Destiny'
Ted Cott produced 26 dramas which evoked interesting and significant episodes in America's past. The show emphasized little-known incidents and unsung heroes, a slant that made the programs unique in New York radio at the time. Many told of the events that motivated the establishment of our national parks and monuments, and were produced in cooperation with the National Park Service. The scripts were syndicated and sent to radio stations around the country. The programs were prepared by Dorothea J. Lewis of the Public Information Division, National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior, under the supervision of Isabelle F. Story, Editor-in-Chief.
From the Archives - Lopate Tributes

Carrie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

WQXR's 80th anniversary has come and gone. Onward to 90! There are no doubt those among you who believe WQXR announcers are on top of the world. After all, they just listen to great music all day, spinning records and CDs.  For all you know, they're dressed in a bathrobe, PJs and slippers with a box of bon-bons on the side. Ah, the mystique and glamour of radio! 

Back in 1944, WQXR's announcers thought it was important to dispel some misconceptions of announcerdom. and wrote, So You Think It's Easy!

Remember TB?  Tuberculosis, like polio, used to be a regular focus of education and fundraising campaigns on the radio in the 1940s and 50s.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, it's 7-and-a-half 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: Heart Troubles: Monologist Ruth Draper Performs Three Generations of Women.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: "I Foresee in 1950"

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Have a happy and healthy new year! Here are a couple of New Year's messages from the past.

Clean Water and Fiery Furnaces: The Health of New York, broadcast January 1, 1948

New York Advances,  broadcast January 1, 1939
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