NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 14, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 32
Edition # 670


1945: Helen Masten of the NYPL's reading room for children is a guest on this week's edition of How to Have Fun With Your Children hosted by Becky Reyher.

1974: Sam Toperoff, author of four books, discusses his novel, The Porcupine Man, and reads a selection from it on the Reader's Almanac.
The cover of a Workers Defense League pamphlet with the transcript of a speech given by Socialist leader Norman Thomas over WQXR, June 24, 1938. Thomas was a frequent critic of the actions and policies of Jersey City Mayor and political boss Frank Hague. "At a time when democracy has been crushed in so many countries and put on the defensive in other lands, it becomes a matter of national concern for all who love democracy and decency when our political bosses consciously or unconsciously emulate the policies of Mussolini and Hitler," said Thomas to WQXR's listeners.. (WQXR Archive Collections)


A Casualty of Wartime

"Over a thousand bobby pins have poured into WNYC New York's municipal station, because a ballerina in an interview on that station had casually mentioned the difficulty in obtaining them. Ted Cott, m.c. gallantly suggested that listeners help out the dancer by sending her one or two of the now scarce hair clips. Extra pins will be donated to the salvage drive, the ballerina promises."

Source: "Thousands of Pins," Broadcasting, April 19, 1943, pg. 18.
Music to Swim By

"With the arrival of warm weather, WNYC, New York's municipal station has resumed its half-hour summer daily program, Music to Swim By, which features popular music piped through public address systems to New York's public swimming pools and beaches."

Source: Broadcasting, August 1, 1940, pg. 115.

WNYC's First Documentaries

"Copying the methods used in motion picture production, whereby a scene is 'shot' and recorded, then subjected to editing, New York City's municipal station. WNYC, is experimenting with 'on-the-spot' sound in transcribed broadcasts. The first of a series of test programs on the various city departments has been completed and is ready for broadcast. It depicts a day in a neighborhood health center. The actual conversations were recorded."

Source: "Radio Station Uses Film Editing Method," Motion Picture Herald, February 4, 1939, pg. 43.

Backtrack: A New Archive Summer Series
Recently exposed to a trove of vintage recordings Archive Intern Byrd Pinkerton does some thinking, slicing and dicing. A little context with your content?
Listen and Learn (Episode 3)

This is the Truth! (Episode 4)
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

The WQXR Great Artists Series


Women and the War Effort

"Artistic abilities of women in the Metropolitan area will be marshalled for defense through a new series, Design for Defense, on WQXR, New York. To function as a clearing house on ideas and information for women with creative ability who desire to use it in their communities or in business, the programs each week will stress one particular field of design in which women are needed to replace men being called for military service, or to fill an increasing demand for certain products. A well-known guest will appear."

Source: "Chance for Women," Broadcasting, January 12, 1942, pg. 40.  
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary last month. 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: The 1931 Files.

Archival material made its way into this week's analysis of the changes in New York State's rent laws by WNYC's Janet Babin: How New York City Tenants Lost Their Political Clout

Reminder to WNYC/WQXR producers: When you are here at the station you can always access the archive catalog without logging in by going to:

A modest proposal for the Greene Space Lobby

The Ballad of Frank Wills, tells the story of Nixon's demise from the perspective of the security guard who discovered the Watergate break-in.

70 years ago this week Mayor F. H. La Guardia had a few interesting things to say about the atom bomb over WNYC.

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 571 followers.

The WNYC Archives is on Twitter with 2,693 followers @wnycarchives. We tweet daily reminders of, and links to, WNYC broadcasts from that day in the past.

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