Municipal vs. Educational Broadcasting
"Well, municipal radio is different from the general concept of educational radio. We're concerned with broad community aims. We're concerned with appealing to all New Yorkers, at least those in the upper cultural portion of the population. We're concerned with rendering services to city departments. As a matter of fact, the law under which we operate, which is the old local law number 5 of the year 1930, and which is incorporated into the city's administrative code, says that we are an adjunct of the police and fire departments and other city departments of the government, and we operate for the enlightenment, instruction, entertainment, recreation and welfare of the inhabitants of the city. This doesn't preclude us from carrying on direct educational programming, and as a matter of fact we do. But we go far beyond the aims and goals of the educational stations. The only thing we have in common with most of the educational stations in the country is the fact that we operate on a non-commercial basis."
WNYC Station Director Seymour N. Siegel in an interview on April 4, 1958 conducted by Paul Ronald Noble for his Boston University Masters thesis, The Progress and Problems on Educational Television in New York City, August 1958.