NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 15, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 31
Edition # 619


1951: James Fleming presents voices of the people about civil defense for this edition of Plan for Survival.

2008: Sara Fishko profiles film composer Leonard Rosenman, who passed away recently. He won Oscars for his adaptations of existing music for the movies Barry Lyndon and Bound for Glory.
We Were in Brooklyn Long Before the Bell House

"Edward L. Hyman and his Brooklyn Mark Strand Theatre artists as they look broadcasting each Tuesday night at 9 p.m., from WNYC New York City. They are as entertaining when heard as they appear in the picture and are always introducing some new feature." (Photo: Radio Digest Illustrated, January 10, 1925.)


The First WNYC 'Radio Stage'

"The Brooklyn Mark Strand Theatre offered an innovation to Brooklyn theatergoers last week with the first actual radio studio settings that have been presented on the stage of any theater. The interior of a radio studio, carefully designed and artistically furnished with the drapings and the soundproof settings necessary to deaden the sound in the studio, showed radio fans who have never before seen the interior of a studio the exact conditions. Edward L. Hyman, who devised the settings, presented the entire corps of artists who appear on WNYC each Sunday night. A microphone on the stage picked up the singing and playing and carried it to those listening in on WNYC.

"Among the artists who appeared in the stage incident entitled, 'In Our Broadcasting Studio,' were Estelle Carey, soprano; Tom Williams, baritone; Frank Banta, pianist; Edna Berhans, soprano; Rosalie Erck, contralto; Sascha Kindler, violinist; Robert Thrane, cellist; Harry Breuer, xylophonist; Ruth Watson, soprano; Richard Bartlett, tenor; Louis Dornay, tenor; Charlotte Bergh, coloratura soprano; and Carlo Berreti, baritone."

Source: "Broadcast Studio on Strand Stage," The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 22, 1925, pg. C9. Editor's Note: WNYC broadcasts from the Mark Strand Theatre seem to have been fairly regular from late 1924 through 1925. Research is underway!
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Life is Too Short
“I don't see why other stations don't follow your splendid example. Life is too short to be spent listening to soap operas and singing ads."

Source: Letter to WQXR from Howard W. Hrushchlon, New Winslow, Maryland, September 28, 1945.
Now that WNYC has celebrated its 90th anniversary, we're officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Intrepid City College Staffers Record Dust Bowl Refugees for WNYC Documentary

More progress from NEDCC on  scanning of WNYC discs.

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: 1925.

Before Portable Electronic News Gathering: Re-enactments in the Studio:  When all news was all drama.

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