NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 27, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 50
Edition # 588

1942: This Is Our Enemy presents the story of a country doctor, Gaston, his wife Francoise, their son, Jean and the French resistance

1951: Comedian Harry Hershfield and novelty singer Sam Levinson entertain at the Brownsville Brooklyn Boys Club inter-faith party, held at the 106th Regiment Armory.

1969: The Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra performs for this episode of Hands Across the Sea with Herman Neuman.

1987: David Garland presents The Sonata of Sci-Fi Sounds on this edition of Spinning on Air.
"One Bad Dude"

86 years ago today the explorer, artist and Brooklynite Anthony Fiala (1869-1950) came to the WNYC studios and delivered the talk Crushed by Ice in the Polar Night. (Graphic courtesy of NYPL Digital)


Missing Persons Poetry

"Every weekend he goes swimming among the ice floes and grapefruit rinds in the surf at Coney Island; he is in fact, President of the Icebergs Athletic Club. He writes sentimental poetry. He used to be a tap dancer with a Primrose and Dockstader minstrel show, and at 48 is still able to make a lot of noise with his shoes. 'However,' he said today, 'I think my most important accomplishment is my Missing Persons human interest broadcast. I am a keen student of psychology, and I take these stories from the original files, stories of broken home ties, and broadcast them over WNYC, the municipal broadcasting station at 1 P.M. on Sundays. I write a poem about each case and finish up with that, and I feel the broadcast is an important police service.' "

Source: Joseph Mitchell writing in The New York World Telegram, May 9, 1936 about George L O'Connor, a detective with NYPD Missing Persons Bureau.


As 2013 comes to a close and we are bombarded with retrospectives on the year just past hosted by a parade of Monday morning quarterbacks, let's take a listen to how WNYC approached it on New Year's Eve 1949 in A Man Without a City.

And, let us not forget New Year's Day 1939 in New York Advances.

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

       WQXR at 75

          (2 Years Ago)
Call to Rescue European Jews on WQXR in 1943

New York (Dec. 29)

"Arthur Garfield Hays, National Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, speaking last night over station WQXR under the auspices of the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe, urged adoption of the resolution before congress to set up a special Commission to effect the rescue of European Jews. 'It is about time that this country proved that the slaughter of a whole people is no longer ignored by the United States,' he declared."

Source: Jewish Telegraph Agency dispatch December 30, 1943.

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: Peter H. Darrow's Going Public:The Story of WNYC's Journey to Independence.


In the April, 1944 WQXR Program Guide maestro Leon Barzin recalls radio's earliest days and shares his ideas about leading an orchestra over the air waves. Read about them at: The Radio Conductor.


The last of four WNYC interviews with Kurt Vonnegut by Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac took place on  October 1, 1979. They talk about his Watergate novel Jailbird. Read more and listen at: VONNEGUT


The friendly ghosts of Christmas and New Year's past have been compiled into an Archives Holiday Cluster of shows. Listening to a different time and place will give you a whole new perspective. Archive Cluster.

Happy New Year!   ***************************

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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