NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 22, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 32
Edition # 620


1950: Dr. Harold Kelman introduces the inaugural episode of Psychoanalysis and Everyday Living. The series is based on Dr. Karen Horney's Constructive Theory of Neurosis.

1968: Patricia Marx interviews democratic socialist Michael Harrington, who serves as chairman of the board of the League of Industrial Democracy.

1977: James Kirkwood discusses his novel Some Kind of Hero with Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac.
Diane Wolkstein (1942-2013)

"Folklorist and storyteller Diane Wolkstein in the studio sometime in the late 1960s. Wolkstein produced and performed on Stories From Many Lands, a regular WNYC Saturday morning half-hour for children from 1968-1981. (Photo courtesy of Diane Wolkstein/WNYC Archive Collections)


La Guardia Keeps WNYC Alive Despite Original Campaign Pledge
""The Mayor sent word that he wanted to talk to me.  I saw him this noon and it is his desire for certain reasons, instead of selling the City-owned Station WNYC, to keep it and build up its prestige. He wants me to coordinate the thing for him along with Bill Paley and possibly Alfred J. McCosker of WOR - a committee of three.  He knows the present management is poor and he isn't satisfied with Christie Bohnsack (confidential).* Also, he wants to know if he can put just enough commercials on the station to meet their overhead, which is about $50,000 or $60,000 per annum, and if this would compete with WOR or the networks.

"He is sending up a man by the name of Siegel with the books containing the records of the station.  After seeing the books, I should like to have you advise me on the situation. The Mayor said the New York Evening Post has been causing him trouble and it made him all the more determined to build up the station and make it successful."**

Source: A confidential June 25, 1934 memo from Richard C. Patterson Jr., the Chairman and Executive Vice President of NBC to NBC attorney Mark J. Woods.  (Thanks to the Wisconsin Historical Society, NBC papers collection).

*When La Guardia first came into office in 1934, Christie Bohnsack was programming WNYC, a position he'd been in since the station went on the air ten years earlier.
**Mayor La Guardia originally came into office believing he was going to save the taxpayers money by shutting down WNYC.  A young Seymour N. Siegel (WNYC's new Assistant Program Director) helped to persuade him otherwise. La Guardia appointed an investigative committee of the three network radio executives. They studied the station and made recommendations to La Guardia for what was needed to put WNYC in a more stable position.  
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

WQXR Commentator’s Audience Rates Romance Last

“Discussions of world affairs and events in the news from the ‘sophisticated woman’s angle’ are preferred by women radio listeners, according to Lisa Sergio, commentator, who believes they are not primarily interested in radio programs about household hints, romance and the care of babies.

“Miss Sergio, who conducts her ‘Column of the Air,’ every weekday morning at 10 o’clock over WQXR, bases her conclusions on the first 500 responses to her request for an expression of opinion by listeners, which brought out the fact that music, art, international affairs and news topics in general are favorite subjects. The least popular topics, according to the replies, are poetry, philosophy, children and, last of all, romance.”

Source: “Radio Plans for Summer,” The New York Times, June 18, 1939.
WNYC's 90th recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: The Federal WPA Saves WNYC From Oblivion.

Listen to the recently deceased Licia Albanese and Richard Tucker in an all-Puccini program from Lewisohn Stadium as broadcast by WNYC July 1, 1959.

Also, check out The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek spotlighting Licia Albanese in 1986.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1926.
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