NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 18, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 37
Edition # 675


1978: Professor Joseph Campbell discusses his new book, The Mythic Image on the Reader's Almanac with host Walter James Miller.
Straphanger advocate Clarice M. Baright speaks out on WNYC, January 14, 1925.

The social worker and attorney takes to the air and describes the city subways as overcrowded, unsanitary, offensive and intolerable. Baright speaks as the legal adviser to the Metropolitan Housewives League and thirty-five other civic groups fighting for subway improvements.(Library of Congress photo)

Pioneering ham radio operator defends WNYC against early critics

July 20, 1924
In a letter to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Perce B. Collison (K2DZ) writes: "A great deal of energy is being wasted by those who slander station WNYC. Their wave length is sharply defined and the tone quality (modulation) is as good or even better than any station within 1,000 miles of New York. Those in charge of the actual operation of the apparatus are all pioneers in radio broadcasting. The station is a new toy for certain public officials but they will soon tire of unnecessary 'educational' talks and leave the way open for station managers to put a very high grade program on the air.

Station WNYC does not 'hog the air' and make it impossible to get other local stations. I have interviewed several people, owners of different types of receiving sets, and find that the three best types have no difficulty in separating WHN, WOR, WJY, WJZ, WEAF, and WNYC. Indeed, several of them are able to pick WIP out between WEAF and WNYC. The only type of receiver that cannot do these tricks is that old offender, the single circuit squealer, he who makes the air hideous with his howling re-radiated noises...Stop knocking, at least publicly; remember that you do not have to listen to what you do not like to hear. There is always something on another wave-length. I have been 'on the air' since early 1907."

WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
When the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor:

"In New York, radio station WQXR switched its Gilbert and Sullivan program from The Mikado to H.M.S. Pinafore in honor of the Royal Navy."

Source: Josephine Powell, writing in Tito Puente: When the Drums Are Dreaming, Author House, 2007,  p.79
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, only 9 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones celebrating nearly a century of broadcasting in the public interest. This week: A Portrait of WNYC, circa 1939, by the artist Laszlo Matulay.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column).
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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 561 followers.

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