NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 10, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 39
Edition # 627


1925: Play-by-play description of a World Series game between the Washington Senators and the Pittsburgh Pirates via telegraph.

1968: Patricia Marx interviews Danny Kaye about the nature of American (and world) humor. Kaye demonstrates how to imitate a French accent (it's all about the cadence!). The program ends with a compilation of various accents Kaye has mastered over the years.

1987: Guitarist Michael Hedges and electric bass virtuoso Michael Manring perform in the studio for New Sounds with John Schaefer.
The Weavers on WNYC

Erik Darling, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays and Freddy Hellerman. Darling replaced Pete Seeger in April, 1958 after the legendary folksinger left the group. He was with the Weavers until June, 1962. This photo was taken by Hanneli Plemmons, but we don't know what the event was. Do you? (WNYC Archive Collections)


Langston Hughes & WNYC Radio Series
1943: "…But even more distracting that summer was the rising tension between the races in New York, which itself reflected a nationwide unrest, garish against the backdrop of world war, as blacks and whites clashed over Jim Crow. On July 1, Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York, had written to [Langston] Hughes to ask his help in developing a series of radio programs, Unity at Home-Victory Abroad, which would show 'what New York is, how it came into its present being, and why there is no reason that the peace and neighborliness that does exist, should ever be disturbed.'  The Writers' War Board also wrote Hughes in support of the mayor's campaign, seeking programs that would stress unity, 'so that there will be no danger of race riots in New York.' He agreed to help the mayor and the Board…"{p. 75}

 "…Pressed even harder now by the mayor and the Board for pacifying material, Hughes dutifully sent the authorities some songs and two brief plays—In the Service of My Country, inspired by pictures of blacks and whites working in harmony to build the Alaska-Canada highway,  and Private Jim Crow, about segregation in the armed forces. The Writers' War Board lauded the former as 'the finest job that has been done on this subject' and promptly broadcast it on September 8 on WNYC… "{p.77}

Source: The Life of Langston Hughes, Vol. 2 by Arnold Rampersad. Oxford University Press, 2002.

*The Unity At Home-Victory Abroad series aired between August 15th and September 11th of 1943. Seven other New York radio stations took part, and we know that WNYC broadcast at least three (if not all) of the eleven programs.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Good Music and In Good Taste

"Even though a product offered for advertising on the station may be recognized to represent good value, it will not advertise over the station if its character is such as to be obnoxious or offensive to WQXR's listeners. This automatically excludes such products as laxatives."

Source: The Story of WQXR, The New York Times, 1951, pg. 5.


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Everybody Gets the Same Number of Lines: Marc Blitzstein's socialist opera, No For An Answer.

Ever wonder about that amazing clock in the tower of the Jefferson Market Library in the West Village?  Our intern Sarah Davis has the story at: CLOCK.

50 years ago: sex scandal + upcoming elections = 1 unhappy Prez: The Walter Jenkins Affair.

What happens when a computer from 1962 talks to a computer from 2014? Can there be real understanding? Siri talks to her grandpa.

Remembering Marian Seldes on the Lopate Show.

CONFIRMED: Walt Whitman recording is a FAKE!

She broke into the 'boys' club' at WNYC in 1966, but she'd already distinguished herself as a community activist. Thanks to her, there's no four-lane highway through Washington Square Park. See: Shirley Zak Hayes.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1933.
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