NYPR Archives & Preservation
January 13, 2017 - Volume 16  Issue 02
Edition # 744

1958: Vance Packard tells The New York Herald Tribune Book and Author Luncheon all about the evils of advertising.


May 1, 1941


Native Sons

"Broadcast over WNYC for thirteen weeks in 1941, Native Sons was one of several series cast with African-Americans that dramatized the lives of prominent blacks. Actors included Eric Burroughs, Canada Lee, P.J. Sidney, Jessie Zackerey, Jimmy Wright and Rose Poindexter. The Juanita Hall Choir provided music while Mitchell Grayson directed.

"Writing credits were ascribed to John Griffin and one other unidentified writer. Author Richard Wright gave some commentary after the final broadcast." The May through July programs profiled: Frederick Douglass; Harriet Tubman; the explorer Estevanico; Nat Turner; George Washington Carver; Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield; Crispus Attucks; Ira Aldridge; Robert Smalls; Benjamin Banneker; Toussaint L'Ouverture; Denmark Vesey; Paul Robeson; Marian Anderson; and Roland Hayes.

Source: Ellett, Ryan, Encyclopedia of Black Radio in the United States 1921-1955, McFarlane & Co., North Carolina, 2012, pg. 116. Ellet cites: Baltimore Afro-American, May 3, 1941, p. 14 and August 9, 1941, p. 14.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

 In the mid 1970s WQXR aired a series of interviews conducted by distinguished American tenor George Shirley. Among his guests on Classical Music and the Afro-American was the late bass baritone William Warfield.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, in 7-and-a-half 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: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Kenneth Clark Answers Questions on Plans for the Civil Rights Movement.

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