NYPR Archives & Preservation
April 22, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 17
Edition # 706


Lieut. Commander George E. Brandt outlines the Navy's plans for oceanographic research in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Speaking at an American Institute of Engineering Society exposition of inventions, Brandt says he expects future ocean- going expeditions will provide valuable data for weather forecasting, a key to solving world food shortages as global population grows.

Pals of the P.A.L. debuts.

1945: Mayor F H. La Guardia on the Dumbarton Oaks agreement. He appeals to the people of the United States to support the proposed United Nations organization.

1956: Social critic Gilbert Seldes on the private language used by families on this edition of The Lively Arts.

1964: President Johnson, Harry Truman, Robert Wagner and Robert Moses all speak at the opening of the New York World's Fair.

The Next Big Thing devotes an entire hour to You're the Fool, written by Roy Nathanson.. It's more than a play with music. In a way, it's an extended musical composition with a plot.

April 30, 1939 Over WNYC

"George Washington" takes the oath of office at the 1939 New York World's Fair

George Washington (noted cartoonist Denys Wortman) takes the oath as first President of the United States at the opening of the New York World's Fair, 150 years after Washington took office.  (Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)

September 9, 1939

WNYC covers International Life Boat Races in New York Harbor from the Goodyear blimp.

Program Director Seymour N. Siegel reports from the thirteenth annual competition using a remote shortwave transmitter. It is the first time a blimp is used to cover a boat race. --Don't forget, this will be on the quiz.

(Wikimedia Commons)

                                                             Happy Earth Day!
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to this first episode of WQXR at 50, where host Bob Sherman creates an audio montage of music and reminiscences from some of the station's founders. The program includes interviews with Elliot and Eleanor Sanger as well as former Music Director Abram Chasins.

A special thanks this week to Art 'Shiffy' Shifrin for donating a 16" lacquer disc of WQXR and John Wilson's The World of Jazz from September 20, 1954 to the collection. Art previously hosted WNYC's 1968 program Antiquity on Tape and has been the go-to-guy for preserving wire recordings for many years. - And thanks to David Plotkin at CBS/WINS for being the disc transporter! 
WNYC will celebrate its 92nd anniversary this July. Just think, about 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: Holocaust Remembrance Day with a new addition by Archivist Chana Pollack of the Jewish Daily Forward.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: W. H. Auden, An Appreciation.

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