NYPR Archives & Preservation
January 30, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 5
Edition # 643


1925: Colonel James Churchward discusses elocution. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote the following day: "Colonel Churchward at WNYC used the words 'delicious fish.' He did it without making a mess of it, but we defy anyone to say these two words five times in succession quickly without hashing them."

1944: Mayor F. H. La Guardia talks about the war against poverty.

1957: Marian Anderson speaks on empathy, attainment, and race at The New York Herald-Tribune Book and Authors Luncheon.

1965: BBC coverage of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.

1983: Louis Phillips discusses his novel-length poem Bulkington, about the minor character of the same name from Herman Melville's Moby Dick on The Reader's Almanac.
WNYC Senior Announcer Joe Rice
With sadness we report the passing of former WNYC announcer Joe Rice on January 23rd. For thirty-five years beginning in the late 1950s Joe announced, produced and made sure that WNYC's tape traffic flow from production to air was smooth. Joe was known as a stickler for details, liked to do people's tax returns and was great voice coach. Joe also had the dubious distinction of reading the newscast for the infamous 'John Hour' broadcast in 1979.

WNYC Aids Automat Nickels

The blizzard of 1947 brings New York City to a standstill. WNYC remains on the air with bulletins throughout the December 26th ordeal and saves the day for those hungering for a meal on the fly.

The snowstorm drops a record 26.4 inches on Central Park. WNYC-AM, which normally must sign-off at 10 P.M., receives special permission from the FCC to remain on the air for the duration of the emergency. The stations maintain broadcast reports on the storm and news from all city agencies. With remote pick-ups from Police Headquarters and City Hall the station feeds other area broadcasters and helps recruit volunteers to clear city streets. Another WNYC announcement brings relief to the city's automats, whose food begins to spoil since they had run out of nickels, usually delivered by armored trucks. The trucks were not making deliveries because of a city order allowing only "essential traffic." WNYC airs the news that the armored vehicles are reclassified as "essential" and the nickels go through.

Another in the Voices at the New York Public Library series is now up on the web:
Ariel Dorfman: Exile and Disappearance.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Decades before MTV, the Leonard Ware Trio came to the WQXR studios to record a song for a March 1943 edition of The March of Time newsreel. Leonard Ware is on guitar, Luther Henderson sits at the piano and an unidentified musician plays bass. The jazz trio performed music specifically written for the Food for Victory campaign. The government campaign made a patriotic duty of eating leftovers and planting victory gardens during World War II. Watch it here: JAZZ.


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: Fighting American Anti-Semitism After the Holocaust.

Black History Month begins Sunday, February 1. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: BLACK HISTORY.

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:1949.
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