NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 29, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 33
Edition # 621


1943: Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia makes a special appeal to listeners to tune in to the radio series Unity at Home, Victory Abroad.

1954: FDR Jr. talks about his bid to be Governor of New York on Campus Press Conference with host Gabe Pressman.

In 1948 New York City Health Commissioner Leona Baumgartner was heard monthly on WNYC's Bringing Up Baby with the latest in child care and child raising information.


La Guardia: Close Listener, Major Critic
"The News of the Week program was much better this past week than the week before that. The announcer who had the District Attorney story (Dixie Davis) was very poor. He simply is impossible. He mispronounced the word 'illusive,' and hesitated and stuttered on the word 'threatened,' and his general diction is very bad.

"The announcer giving the story of the woman conductor of the Boston Symphony was very good. His tempo is a little too fast. (Tell your men not to try to imitate Floyd Gibbons). His French pronunciation was very good. He mispronounced 'Wellesley.'

"The announcer telling of the legislative investigation of insane offenders mispronounced the name of  'McNaboe.'

"There is no reason for this. It would seem that some of your readers have not seen their text nor reviewed it.

"Please watch this program more carefully."

Source: Memo from Mayor F. H. La Guardia to WNYC Program Director Seymour N. Siegel, February 7, 1938, NYC Municipal Archives Collections.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Before Selected Shorts, The Tale Teller

“We are starting an experiment on the first Friday night of the new year. On the theory that people who like good music also enjoy good literature, we shall present the Tale Teller. The Tale Teller, who remains anonymous, will bring the radio audience great short stories in condensed 15-minute versions. Presenting one complete story each week, the program opens on Friday, January 5, from 10:45 to 11:00 p.m. with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Telltale Heart...

“The Tale Teller will select stories as much for their literary style as for their plot. These stories will not be dramatized, nor will they be presented with musical background. They are readings of the stories themselves with musical bridges only where they are necessary.”

Source: “News Notes” in the January, 1945 WQXR Program Guide.


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 The Reader's Almanac With Walter James Miller.

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:1927.
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