NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 11, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 11
Edition # 700


1945: Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia talks about war conditions in Germany and Japan as well as techniques used by officials to stop the overpricing of poultry. The Mayor is also quite vocal on the basketball scandal at Brooklyn College and the importance of good public habits by baseball players.

1954: Media critic Gilbert Seldes comments on television should be used. He says people think the prestige of a program rests in its length and he uses crime dramas to disprove this and other related fallacies.

1987: The Mikel Rouse Broken Consort performs music from "A Lincoln Portrait," and other works in progress, live in the studio for this New Sounds program.

2001: Producer Jad Abumrad pulls back the curtain of the Big Apple Chorus for this edition of The Next Big Thing.

December 5, 1934 

Theremin Virtuoso Lucie B. Rosen 

In a WNYC broadcast from the American Museum of Natural History, soloist Lucie Bigelow Rosen (1890-1968) was accompanied by the New York Civic Orchestra, under the direction of Eugene Plotnikoff, in the premiere performance of J. P. Dunn's Symphony in C (1st Movement). The concert was presented by the city's Works Division of the Emergency Relief Bureau and sponsored by the museum. Rosen is perhaps best known as a co-founder (along with her husband Walter) of the Caramoor Music Festival. (Photo: Lucie Rosen performing on the theremin in 1936. Library of Congress)

March 5, 1952
Operation Clean Up! A Sewage Treatment Radio Drama
In 1952, the New York Department of Public Works opened up the Owl's Head Pollution Control Plant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, one of three new plants designed to combat the massive pollution running in and around the city's public shores. Residents were conflicted about the impact the plant would have on their communities. In this program, actors dramatize how the city overcame the reservations of citizens to the construction of the facility in their neighborhood -- and even convinced people the plant would improve their views. LISTEN.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
Essays from the WQXR Program Guide

Between 1941 and 1944 WQXR invited noted composers, conductors, music educators, critics, philosophers, news commentators and lyricists to write essays on a variety of music and radio-related topics for WQXR Program Guide. We have compiled three dozen of them into this 'cluster' for your reading pleasure. ESSAYS.
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary last July. Just think, 8-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: James T. Farrell on a Writer's Inner Life.

For more than 30 years Tony Schwartz produced a weekly program on WNYC called Adventures in Sound. The Library of Congress Sound Division has generously provided digital files of one hundred Adventures in Sound broadcasts to the WNYC Archives to publish online for the first time. LISTEN HERE!

On March 11, 1997, the recently purchased licenses for WNYC AM and FM were assigned by the WNYC Foundation to WNYC Radio.

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WNYC's Way Back series

101 years ago the head of the New York State Women's Suffrage Association recorded an appeal to men to give women the vote. Listen to their leader Gertrude Foster Brown at: Why Women Want the Vote.
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Women's History Month is here! Check out our compilation of major holdings at: WOMEN'S HISTORY.

RuPaul Lettin' It All Hang Out in 1995

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