NYPR Archives & Preservation
April 29, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 18
Edition # 707


Olympian Joe Ruddy tells listeners how to keep fit.

1964: Sir Alec Guinness talks to the Overseas Press Club about "The Actor and Clichés In the Theater."

1981: William Packard discusses his book, Desire: Erotic Poetry Through the Ages. He talks about love poetry and erotic poetry and reads selections of poems from the book.

October 28, 1940

Franklin D. Roosevelt on a third presidential campaign tour through New York City, speaking over WNYC from his car. (International News Photo/Museum of the City of New York)

July 8, 1928

Pioneering conservationist and environmental activist Raymond Torrey delivers first talk on WNYC.

Botanist, conservationist, newspaperman and publicist Raymond H. Torrey delivers the first of at least two dozen talks over WNYC from 1928 to 1931. With broadcasts adapted from his newspaper columns with titles like, 'Rocks & Flowers for Hikers,' 'The Winding Trail,' 'The Long Brown Path,' and 'Hudson Valley's Historic Shrines,' Torrey called for the protection of the environment, often in opposition to the advances of industry and commerce. He was a prolific writer of letters and articles urging campers to guard against forest fires, check out new-found natural spots and preserve American's natural wonders from pollution. Under his leadership, New York hiking clubs opened and marked a stretch of the Appalachian Trail in 1924 in Palisades Park. That same year he co-authored the "New York Walk Book," an illustrated handbook of hikes in the New York metro area.

 Propaganda Classics

In light of contemporary calamities, do you wax nostalgic for the Cold War? (Sigh) Long before global warming, gender-bending bathrooms and a chronic stream of jokes  with the punchline, "Donald Trump," there was a whole other world of worries. The Soviet Union was cranking out some classic radio propaganda. Believe it or not, WNYC was airing some it. So, kick off your shoes, lean back and listen to a genre that will have you thinking about 'the good 'ol days.' RADIO MOSCOW.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the second episode of WQXR at 50, dedicated to the memory of WQXR host Jacques Fray. Host Bob Sherman plays excerpts from Fray's show, including his first demo tape from August 21, 1947. Sherman also plays an April Fool's Day program from 1949, hosted by Alec Templeton. Templeton plays and sings a send-up about Fray to the tune of "Frere Jacques."
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: WNYC QSL Cards.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Lenin's Family History, According to the USSR and I Am Twenty: Soviet New Wave Filmmaking in the Khrushchev Thaw.

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WNYC's Way Back series marks Jane Jacobs' 100th birthday.

Poetry Month is now! Check out our compilation of major holdings.

Thanks to the Braun Music Center at Stanford University we've just acquired a copy of the premiere of James P. Johnson's Harlem Symphony as performed by the Brooklyn Civic Orchestra and broadcast by WNYC on March 11. 1939.
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