NYPR Archives & Preservation
July 22, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 30
Edition # 719


1924: Ace Brigode and His 14 Virginians play a medley of popular jazz and dance band pieces including 12th Street Rag and Red Hot Mama.

: Mayor Robert F. Wagner  addresses the disturbances in Harlem. A  six-day riot was brought on by the shooting death of a Harlem teenager, James Powell, by New York City police  Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan.

1973: Novelist Nadine Gordimer discusses Livingstone's Companions, a book of her short stories, with host Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac.

2005: The Next Big Thing features conversations with two men for whom conversation is rarely a simple proposition. One’s a well-known nature writer. The other is a young man from rural Pennsylvania. Both have struggled to overcome or make peace with a stutter.

July 11, 1930

Gold Star Mothers Welcomed at City Hall

Acting Mayor Joseph McKee joins with African-American women on the steps of City Hall a day before their sailing to France to visit the graves of their sons killed in World War I. The City Hall welcome to the "Negro Gold Star Mothers," was broadcast by WNYC. It was also a protest by many attending of the Federal Government's segregation of black Gold Star Mothers from white mothers.

Speaking at the gathering, Alderman Fred R. Moore said, "When our boys went to France they felt they were fighting for democracy. But that democracy lasted only a few days after the reception to the heroic members of the old Fifteenth Infantry. Then we were criticized, degraded and humiliated, but we have borne that with Christian fortitude. We don't want to be regarded as things any longer; we want to be regarded as humans. We are proud to be Negroes." (Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)

ALERT: Bookworms and bibliophiles! Check out our revised series and link roll for the The New York Herald Tribune Book and Author Luncheon (1948-1974) recordings.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the fourteenth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman says "Happy Birthday" to his mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg, by playing an assortment of her past performances.

Many thanks to Asst. Archivists Ana Marie and Ben Houtman for watching over the shop and attending to requests for the past two weeks.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this month. Just think, less than 8 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: How Geopolitics Shaped WNYC's Iconic Station ID.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Electric Eels Bunking With Tigers: The Itinerant New York Acquarium.

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WNYC's Way Back series: Let's Bring a Narwhal Back to Brooklyn.

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