NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 21 , 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 43
Edition # 732

1945: Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia talks about a traffic plan for mid-town Manhattan on his weekly Talk to the People program.

Media critic Gilbert Seldes discusses WNYC Arts Week and a new definition of the popular arts. He notes the fine arts are supported by patrons and by the poverty of those who practice them, while the popular arts are supported by big business and the commodity industry.

1962: Librettist Abe Burrows says he is still asked by people when he is going to write a "serious" play. This ASCAP talk is his answer: an impassioned plea for the Broadway musical to be taken seriously as "a tremendous, fresh, almost new American art form…the American opera."

V-E Day at Times Square

WNYC brings the voice of President Harry S. Truman and others to the celebrating crowds at Times Square on May 8, 1945. A second WNYC sound truck can be seen at the right edge of the photo. (Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)
WNYC's 1928 Election Night Plans

"WNYC, the municipal broadcasting station of the City of New York, will devote its entire program Tuesday night, November 6, to the broadcasting of the election returns. The full report of the Associated Press will be sent directly to WNYC to be handled there by a corps of newspapermen. The program will be handled by The Sun and will embrace immediate, full and comprehensive reports of the vote for President throughout the nation, the vote for Governor and other officers in New York State, and the New Jersey returns, while local returns will come over a direct wire from Police Headquarters. In addition to the Associated Press, The Sun has arranged with fifteen leading newspapers throughout the country to send special dispatches and summaries of the situation in their areas. It is the intention of WNYC to make this broadcast as complete as any ever attempted on a Presidential election. The station believes that the returns will take up the whole of the evening's program and is planning nothing else for the night. Should there be any lapses, and none are expected, some well-known dance orchestras will be on hand to fill in. WNYC will go on the air with the returns at 6 p.m."

Source:  The Queens Daily Star, November 2, 1928
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Bob Sherman opens this archive episode from The Great Artists series with Funeral March of a Marionette by Gounod, which was used for Alfred Hitchcock's television series.He then repeats portions of a broadcast from 1974 of his interview with the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

This week has been Archives Week in New York. On Thursday, NYPR Assistant Archivist Ana Marie presented: Sooo Many Mayors: WNYC and the City of New York  at a day-long archives symposium sponsored by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. We'll also be hosting some interested round table members at the station today.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary in July. Just think, less than 8 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: Frankfurt School Theorist on WNYC in 1940.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: "Rocky" Takes on Albany.

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