NYPR Archives & Preservation
April 17, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 16
Edition # 654


1925: Arthur S. Tuttle, Chief Engineer for the Board of Estimate, advocates for a tunnel initiated by the Hylan Administration connecting Brooklyn with Staten Island.

1948: Headlines in Chemistry features reports on DDT as the answer to mosquitos, making whiskey from sawdust, and a 'mechanical professor' to grade papers.

1958: Commissioner Robert Moses talks about slum clearance and attacks his opponents by saying. "The emergency work of this world is not done either by critics or constipated comma chasers."

1961: John Gardner, president of the Carnegie Corporation and author of "Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent Too?" speaks at The New York Herald Tribune Book and Authors Luncheon.

1978: Author Vincent Campo talks about James Joyce and his own fiction, with host Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac.
An original WNYC microphone flag used on a 'hoop' or spring-mounted double-button carbon microphone in the 1920s and 30s. (Marc Siegel Collection)

Words of Wisdom by the Late WNYC Host Steve Post*
The following program is a test and only a test. If it were an actual program, we'd hire a professional. Until that time, I'm Steve Post.

I kvetch therefore I am.

Life is cheap; living is expensive.

Anxiety abhors a vacuum.

What if there is an afterlife and what if this is it?

The only thing we have to fear is osteoporosis, famine, global warming, Los Angeles, war, tyrants, floods, irradiated food, genetic engineering, the heartbreak of psoriasis, and this program.

We have changed our identities to protect our names.

Misgivings are the only kind of givings to miss.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Just because you're dead doesn't mean you have to give up hope.

You better slow down if you want to catch up with me.

*Source: The March 20, 2015 Steve Post Memorial Program from Symphony Space. For more classic bits of Steve see: Post Post, A Sampling and Tribute to Some Classic Live Morning Music Moments.

Last week the link to the 1948 announcer's exam didn't stick when embedded ---so here it is again for those of you who want to take the test: EXAM.

WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Listen to the Late Greats George Jellinek and Lloyd Moss on Past Episodes of The Vocal Scene and This Is My Music.

You may also want to check out some of Bob Sherman's interviews on The Great Artists series from the 1970s and 80s. They include: Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboim, Samuel Barber, Julius Rudel, Mstistlav Rostropovich, Robert Joffrey, James Levine, Dave Brubeck, Vera Zorina, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Pearl Lang, Natalia Makarova, Eric Leinsdorf, Bernard Haitink, Ray Bolger, Dame Janet Baker and Sir John Gielgud.

WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary last 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: Enjoy WNYC's Tube Noise-Free Sound? You're Not Alone

It's National Poetry Month. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: Poetry Month.

It's Peabody weather out there. Stay tuned, with fingers crossed. The official announcements are Monday and our past winners can be reviewed at: PEABODY.

Also on Monday: some amazing archive tape will be heard on The Takeaway.


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 561 followers.

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