NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 5, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 34
Edition # 622


1925: The New York Women's Symphony performs from the Central Park Mall.

1952: Dedication of the Inwood Branch of the NYPL, the first new city library in 14 years.

1982: Richard Kostelanetz discusses his audiotape experiment, "Invocations" on The Reader's Almanac with Walter James Miller. The work attempts to "discover the sound of prayer that transcends individual languages." We hear excerpts, including a recording of a Sufi reading from the Quran layered with other recordings of prayers in other languages. Another excerpt with twelve simultaneous elements opens with a Zen chorus.

1989: John Schaefer presents The S.E.M. Ensemble performing John Cage's "Ryoanji" and Estonian Composer Arvo Part's "Tabula Rasa Pt 1" on New Sounds.

2003: The Next Big Thing spends an entire episode on the subway. Reading, stripping, love, romance and more all before the end of the line.
WNYC WPA Mural For the 'Music Room'

Artist Louis Ferstadt painting Radio Service to the Public on January 25, 1939. The mural was not among the four Federal Art Project murals (and one sculpture) dedicated at the station on August 2, 1939. It was completed in 1941 but never hung. We don't know why nor what happened to it. NYPR staffers know this painting since a large photo of it welcomes all who get off the 9th floor elevator at our offices. (Photo: By S. Horn/WPA Federal Art Project/Smithsonian Archives of American Art)


The Queen's Radio Debut
"Queen Marie of Rumania, her face glowing with pleasure over the enthusiasm which had greeted her arrival in this country, expressed her thanks yesterday at noon in her first radio speech made over WNYC from the Aldermanic Chamber of the City Hall, where she was officially received by Mayor Walker. The great room was hung with American and Rumanian flags.  The band played the American and the Rumanian national anthems. The royal visitor was seated on the throne of carved wood and plush which had been occupied before by a king, two crown princes, by cardinals, famous statesmen and great athletes, but never before by a queen…"

Source: "City Hall Welcome Moves Queen Marie." The New York Times. October 19, 1926, pg. 1
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

'He’ll Kick Your Teeth In'
“The sponsors of WQXR are folk like Random House, the Theatre Guild, and the Oxford University Press. If you went around to Mr.[John] Hogan and asked for radio time to advertise a laxative or a reducing medicine, Mr. Hogan would kick your teeth in. Every month a program [guide] is sent out to listeners who apply for it, at a cost of ten cents.

"The programs are made up by the staff, Eddy Brown and Douglas Mackinnon, a former Harvard Glee Club man. They aim to keep their program eighty per cent musical (the other twenty per cent is lectures which you can always turn off). From four to five, and from seven to eight, there is always classical music. Half the music is on records, the other half concerts by musicians who are glad to appear in the flesh to help the cause along.”

Excerpted from “The Talk of the Town,” The New Yorker, July 17, 1937, pgs. 12-13.
WNYC recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Ted Cott: WNYC Wunderkind



The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1928.
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