NYPR Archives & Preservation
July 29, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 31
Edition # 720

1945: Mayor La Guardia expresses his sympathy to families of the victims of the B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building the day before.

1956: Media critic Gilbert Seldes discusses a paper titled "The contingency of humor appreciation on the stimulus-confirmation of joke-ending expectations" by Dr. Douglas T. Kenny. Seldes notes that the title of Kenny's paper is funnier than any of the sample jokes in the study and he disagrees with the findings.

The WNYC broadcast van and staff at Times Square on VJ Day, August 14, 1945. PM Photo/WNYC Archive Collections.

WNYC Airs Awards for Politeness

"In a unique contest conducted by the Junior Inspectors' Club of the Department of Sanitation, a Harlem boy and girl were selected among the ten most polite and courteous children of New York City. The Harlem children are Amos Chisholm, 12, of 148 West 129th street, and Consuelo Noguera, 11, of 266 West 116th street, whose grandparents were Spanish.

"On Friday, February 11, presentations were made to the 10 winners by Commissioner William F. Carey of the Department of Sanitation, which is the sponsor for the WPA directed Junior Inspectors' Club. The ten boys and girls, representing every section of the city and as marry races, appeared in a special radio presentation over WNYC, the municipal broadcasting station.

"They answered questions of good conduct asked them by Matthew Napear, secretary of the Department of Sanitation, who is organizer and commander-in-chief of the club. Included also among those to receive honorable mention were: Ace Townsend, 12, of 221 West 120th street; Catherine Thomas, 16, Wadleigh High School School girl; and Clifford M. Johnson, 18, who attends the High School of Commerce."

Source: "Harlem Children Awarded Medals for Politeness," The New York Age, February 19, 1938, pg. 1.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the fifteenth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman interviews Martin Bookspan about Conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Various performances conducted by Koussevitsky are highlighted. Martin Bookspan was music director and program director at WQXR from 1956-1967.
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: Ralph Bunche Announces Landmark 1949 Arab-Israeli General Armistice Agreement.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Robert Moses' Ten Commandments.

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