NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 13, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 48
Edition # 586

1942: This is Our Enemy presents a dramatic recreation of the trial of German Corporal Wilhelm Schuster, charged with high treason.

1952:  Civil defense officials drop a simulated atomic bomb on The Bronx. "This is an official air raid drill, take shelter and leave your loud speakers on." Mayor Impellitteri addresses WNYC listeners, asking them not to use their phones.

1969: Phyllis Schlomovitz performs medieval to modern Christmas music for the harp.

1986: The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents a tribute to Gian Carlo Menotti.

1995: The New York City Council meets to discuss domestic violence.

2003: Kurt Andersen and writer David Remnick talk about pop culture's fascination with organized crime on this edition of Studio 360.
W. O. Tewson (1877-1947)

William Orton Tewson (left) receiving the three million word manuscript Life of Christ by Sir Hall Caine in January, 1938. Tewson was an editor and literary critic heard regularly on WNYC between April, 1928 and September, 1934 discussing literature and books. He wrote for The New York Times, Hearst newspapers, and was the editor of The New York Evening Post's literary review. (Acme Newsphoto, WNYC Archive Collections) 


W. O. Tewson - WNYC Literary Critic & Commentator
"The peculiar lilt of the rhymes of the always delightful English versifier, A.A. Milne, was admiraby illustrated last evening at WNYC by the affable gentleman from Merrie England who bears the tongue-twisting name of W. Orton Tewson. Mr. Tewson is calm, cool and collected, as a rule, but when he hit the Milne trail he took on a joyous tone that was almost playful. We felt like believing him when he declared very earnestly that 'nobody can be perfectly happy without having read some of Milne's poems.' The King's Breakfast was one of the Milne poems read by Mr. Tewson, and he delivered it in a way that we imagined must have warmed the cockles of A. A.'s heart if he chanced to be sitting up listening in-that is, if WNYC's wave length stretches over the waves that Britannia claims, in song at least, to rule.
"Mr. Tewson's topic was Literary Cocktails, and he served them from a full shaker in which he had mixed odd bits of chit-chat, anecdote and verse from many sources.  He held out much encouragement to young writers by mentioning the more or less humble occupations that had been followed by Twain, Harte, Dickens, Wells, Barrie, Poe, Thackeray, Hardy, Gilbert and many others who won fame with their pen or typewriter.  Mr. Tewson has what the young person of the day would call an 'adorable' English accent. It has just enough of the drawl to identify it and not enough to make it tiresome."
Source: "On the Radio Last Night," The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 27, 1928, pg. A9.

Early Opera Performances on WNYC
"Herman Neuman, the station's Musical Supervisor, recalls that in the summer of 1925 the city presented a season of open-air opera in Ebbetts Field, and that WNYC broadcast the operas in full.  The productions were quite lavish, and Neuman remembers that policemen were recruited to portray Egyptian soldiers in Aida and that camels and elephants were borrowed from the Bronx Zoo for the same performance."
Source: Saul Nathaniel Scher, writing in Voice of the City, NYU Thesis, 1965, pg. 88.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
(Municipal Archives Collection).

       WQXR at 75

          (2 Years Ago)
The AM Call Letter & Frequency History

W2XR- 2100 and 1550 khz 1929-1934

W2XR -1550 khz 1934-1936
WQXR-1550 khz 1936-1941
WQXR-1560 khz 1941-1992
WQEW-1560 khz1992-2007

On May 24, 2007 WQEW ownership transfers from The New York Times to Disney/ABC.

The FM Call Letter & Frequency History

W2XQR-43.2 mhz. 1939-41
W2XQR-48.7 mhz 1941
W2XQR-45.9 mhz 1942-43
W59NY-45.9 mhz. 1943
WQXQ-45.9 mhz 1943-47

WQXQ-45.9 & 96.3 mhz 1947-1948

WQXR-96.3 mhz 1949-2008
WQXR-105.9 mc. 2008-


WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is next July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Drama Director Ted Cott: WNYC Wunderkind.

In the November, 1942 WQXR Program Guide  we hear once again from Dr. Sigmund Spaeth, of tune detecting fame. This time he takes up the cause of the interpreting artist, whose work is of critical importance to the fields of radio and records alike. Read his essay: Consider the Interpreters.

We have posted the second of four WNYC interviews with Kurt Vonnegut by Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac. The October 25, 1976 conversation took place just after the publication of
Slapstick, his sci-fi family novel.

We bid a fond farewell to our Fall interns Athena Holbrook (NYU-MIAP) and Carl Kranz (PRATT-SILS)  this week. They have both endured the rigors of our often challenging tasks and now are fully aware of what awaits them in the real world of broadcast radio archives. We thank them for their great work and wish them the very best as they attempt to assert bibliographic control over the universe.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column)

We're also working on the WQXR Facebook timeline. (1929 - present)

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