NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 17, 2017 - Volume 16  Issue 07
Edition # 749

1941: Sigmund Spaeth hosts an American Music Festival program on the music of George Gershwin.

1958: Kay Thompson, Ruth Slenczynska and Dean Acheson address The New York Herald Tribune Book and Author Luncheon. Thompson, author of Eloise, discusses how the character Eloise came about. Pianist Slenczynska recalls her 'savage' father and former Secretary of State Acheson on how young people are not prepared for the real world of 1958.

1965: Poet and playwrite LeRoi Jones, (Amiri Baraka) addresses the Overseas Press Club on the revolutionary theater.
June 21, 1938

"The city station's experimental radio theatre produced Gossip, an anti-lynching play which author Arthur Laurence prefaced and ended with a speech of the type Southern Congressmen made a few months ago against the anti-lynching bill."

Source: Carlton, Leonard, "Radio Dramatizes Old Conflict of State vs. Nation," New York Evening Post, June 22, 1938.

Editor's note: An anti-lynching radio drama on WNYC in 1938 is pretty unusual. But I found the curious element to be the author, reportedly a 21-year-old 1937 graduate of Cornell. We called the alumni office at the school. There is no Arthur Laurence or Lawrence listed as a 1937 grad. However, Arthur Laurents who was later to become a well known play and screenwriter was a '37 Cornell graduate and that age.

Laurents was also interested in writing radio drama and is noted for taking a course with William N. Robeson of CBS given at NYU after graduating Cornell. Hmmmm. Nothing in his memoirs about WNYC. Could Laurence be Laurents' pen name?
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

 WQXR's Lloyd Moss talks wtih author, essayist, and political activist Gore Vidal in 1984. He talks about his life and writing career beginning with the novel, Williwaw. Vidal also discusses his political activities and his new book, Lincoln as well as some of his favorite music.

The New York Public Radio Archives Celebrates Black History Month. We've pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work, series and sonic artifacts concerning African-American history.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, 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: Calypso on WNYC!

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: John Glenn, First Man in Orbit.

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WQXR announcer Philip Stahl contemplating the fate of the world in 1942. (Thanks to Arthur Kendy for the shot!)

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