NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 8, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 43
Edition # 581

1924: Mayor Hylan talks about the reorganization of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Company.

1938: The News Department covers  Herbert Lehman's victory over Thomas E. Dewey for Governor of New York.

1949: The News Department covers  Herbert Lehman's victory over John Foster Dulles for Senator, and Mayor O'Dwyer's reelection over Newbold Morris.

1959: The evil in eavesdropping, i.e. the issue of wiretapping, is the focus of this edition of Campus Press Conference.

1963: The Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation  breaks ground  for new wings at the FDR Library in Hyde Park.

1991: Guitarist Robert Phillips performs on Around New York.

2001: Former Black Panther, community activist, and
now Councilman-elect from Brooklyn, Charles Barron talks with Brian Lehrer on this edition of On The Line.
The Churchward Lectures Begin!

This coming Tuesday, November 12th, marks 89 years since jack-of-all-trades Colonel James Churchward began a series of weekly lectures on WNYC. His research documented what he firmly believed was the 'lost continent of Mu,' a Pacific Ocean equivalent to Atlantis. The archeologist, chemist, inventor and world traveler believed that Mu, not the Middle-East, was the cradle of civilization. Please see the updated: WNYC and the Land of Mu. (Photo: Title page from Churchward's November 12, 1924 radio script. Andy Lanset Collection)


March, 1953: New WNYC Master Control
Till this week we had always believed that our studio makeover in the 1980s creating the Fiorello H. La Guardia Telecommunications Center had replaced equipment from the 1930s. But this was not the case! According to Gates Studio Review, a newsletter of the Gates Radio Company, much of that WPA-era equipment went to the dumpsters in March, 1953 with the installation of a new, completely Gates equipped master control room. They wrote:

"The heart of the master control room is the 10 by 6 preset switching system. Completely relay controlled, this switching system makes possible the routing of any of the ten input sources  to six dual output lines. A total of 84 relays are used in this system. The six dual output lines provide feeds for AM, FM, two recorders, AM cue and six for networks.

"Monitor facilities include separate speakers for each of the preset channels, in addition to the 19 multi-input monitor speaker feeds. In addition to the custom built master control equipment, station WNYC is also equipped with the Gates SA-40 consoles, special announce booth equipment and Gates custom built tape recording facilities."

Source: "WNYC Operating With Gates Master Control," Gates Studio Review, May, 1953, Gates Radio Company, Quincy, Illinois, pg. 1.


What happens when hybrid creatures living in surreal environments go through their daily routines with the radio on? The Unauthorized NPR Cautionary Tale of the week: The Letter B.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
(Municipal Archives Collection).

       WQXR at 75

          (2 Years Ago)

Civil Defense

"WQXR took an active part in formulating radio plans to educate the population on proper defense measures to be taken in case of attack by an enemy.

"When the New York State Civil Defense Committee for radio was formed, Eleanor N. Sanger, Program Director of WQXR, was appointed a member of the committee. She had the distinction of being the only woman serving in an official capacity with this group...

"Mrs. Sanger played an important part in the planning of the weekly program, Plan For Survival, which became the only radio series to be heard simultaneously on every AM radio station in New York State..."

Source: WQXR entry for Variety's1951 Show Management awards.


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: VINTAGE WNYC MICROPHONE SLIDESHOW!

Interviews released this week on the web: Per Wästberg, Neil Sheehan, Walter Karp and Hans Magnus Enzensberger in the early 1960s, as well as George Balinchine and General Omar Bradley in 1963. all with host Patricia Marx.

In the March,1942 WQXR Program Guide Columbia University philosophy professor Irwin Edman gushes over WQXR in ways only an academic could. Read his essay at: EDMAN

When Mozart Was Taboo on WQXR.

This coming Monday, November 11th, is Veterans' Day. Don't forget to celebrate by listening to the story of America's most controversial marine, Smedley Darlington Butler.

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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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 495 followers.

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