NYPR Archives & Preservation
June 20, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 23
Edition # 611


1942: Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia launches the Russian War Relief Campaign from the steps of City Hall.

1952: Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri welcomes Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza to City Hall.
 Former WNYC President Tom Morgan
With sadness we note the passing this week of former WNYC President Thomas B. Morgan. Appointed in April, 1990 by Mayor David Dinkins, Morgan lead the WNYC Communications Group for four years into the Giuliani Administration. He was a vocal opponent of the city's plans for the commercial sale of WNYC AM, FM and TV. Morgan also served as a WNYC board member and honorary trustee. (Photo: WNYC Archive Collections)


 A Particular Sense of Humor
On May 30, 1989 a regular listener wrote to WNYC President Mary Perot Nichols to complain about Morning Music host Steve Post.
"...What do I mean by management inattention?  Note page 5 of the September 1988 Wavelength [WNYC's program guide], wherein the editor states that Steve Post is not accountable for what he says on the air.  What about poor taste?  Note the September 27 programming in the same Wavelength.  Steve Post introduced Forqueray by adding 'if you'll pardon the expression.'  To call this double entendre is to give him too much credit. 

"More?  How about:
'If you're very unlucky, this is WNYC.'
'and in five minutes, the very boring Morning Music.'
 'The  Corporation for Public Boondoggling.' 
 'The Corporation for Public Xeroxing.' 
'The Corporation for Public Backpatting.'

"Finally, I deeply resent being put down by such statements as 'our deliriously generous listeners, or is it our generously delirious listeners?'
Sincerely, …" 

Here is Station Director Mary Perot Nichols' response from June 7 1989:

 "…What you call 'poor taste' others call humor.  Steve Post has a very large following of listeners who appreciate his admittedly mordant, anti-establishment humor.  It would do no good for me or Doug O'Brien, WNYC's Vice President for Radio, to reprimand Steve for going too far.  We signed a contract with him that guarantees a great deal of freedom.  We have, therefore, only three options: keep him, not renew his contract next time, or pay him off and say good bye.  We choose to keep him.

"This was not management inattention.  It was a calculated risk that Steve cheers up a lot of similar early morning grouches.  Many more than he irritates…If you don't like Steve Post, why not simply not listen to him instead of trying to influence our decision to air him?  As I said before, it is not management inattention that leads us to carry him.

"Thank you anyway for giving us your views…"
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

"First Broadcast of a Jazz Sabbath Concert
“The radio premiere of the first Jazz Sabbath Concert will be broadcast over WQXR-AM on Saturday, March 9, from 2:07 to 3 p.m. on The World of Jazz  series with John S. Wilson as host.

“Hear, O Israel, an original composition based on the Jewish Sabbath Service, was written by Jonathan Klein, son of a rabbi in Worcester, Mass. The first recording of the concert, featuring the well known jazz musicians Thad Lewis, trumpet, Jerome Richardson, alto and tenor saxophones and flute, Herbie Hancock, piano, and  Grady Tate, drums, will be broadcast over WQXR-AM in its entirety from the Blessing of the Candles through the Torah Service, Adoration and Final Amen.

“The jazz concert had its first performance in December 1965 at Temple Emanu-El in Worcester, Mass. Since then, parts of it have been played in other synagogues.  The recording of the complete jazz concert was made under the auspices of the National Federation of Temple Youth and produced by Ulsyra Productions. The recording is at present unissued.”

Source: WQXR Press Release, February 29, 1968.
WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is this July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: David Durk's Moving Testimony Before the Knapp Commission.

Artist and Warhol factory worker Ultra Violet passed away last Saturday. Listen to a 1968 interview she did with WNYC's Ruth Bowman for Views on Art.

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

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