NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 27, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 13
Edition # 651


1925: Students Seymour Litvak and Anna Glick read their award-winning essay, "The Evils and Perils of Jaywalking." Note: Litvak, of P.S. 174 and Glick from P.S. 62 received silver cups (first prize) from the Mayor in City Hall Plaza just four days earlier at the S.O.S. or 'Stay on Sidewalk' campaign ceremony conducted by the city's schools.

1938: Panelists on the WNYC Forum of the Air discuss propaganda and democracy.

1955: Dr. Leonard Greenberg, New York City's Commissioner for Air Pollution Control talks to student journalists on Campus Press Conference.

1978: Jamake Highwater discusses his book, Ritual of the Wind: North American Indian Ceremonies, Music and Dances. He reads a selection from the book including two chants.
View of the original WQXR logo in linoleum at the 730 5th Avenue offices they occupied from May, 1936 until April, 1950. Wish we had that piece of floor now! (WQXR Archive Collections)

When Amy Produced Curtis
Tad Friend in The New Yorker's Talk of the Town section on March 7, 1994 highlighted Curtis Sliwa's controversial WNYC program and closed with the following:

"...At two o'clock, Jo Ann Allen began reading the news: "A most unwelcome guest is paying a visit to New York this afternoon." She was talking about the snowstorm, but in the control room Amy Pearl, the producer of New York Beat, slyly murmured, "Curtis Sliwa."  Mr. Sliwa's job is tough, Ms. Pearl went on to say, as Mr. Sliwa began talking his on-air talk. "The challenge is reconciling his personality--a bombastic straight-talking, conservative populist who's got his hands in every paint pot in the borough--with this station. The WNYC audience." --she made a la-di-da face. "Well, I screen calls here, and the people say, 'Curtis makes me sick!' and 'He can't speak the Queen's English' and 'What's next, Howard Stern?'  WNYC is, like, if they're going to do a program on hate, they go and read the latest book on hate and talk in-depth about how it affects people in the workplace, or whatever.  Whereas, Curtis is visceral: 'The' " She had his Canarsie inflections down pat."
Editor's Note: WNYC President Thomas B. Morgan's most controversial act was the hiring of Curtis Sliwa as a program host in January, 1994. Critics charged he was pressured to hire the Guardian Angels founder by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who often agreed with Sliwa's efforts at a populist persona.  Morgan, however, denied the charge, saying he was acting on "a hiring tip" and that Sliwa's contract ran only to December, providing an "out" should things prove unworkable. The real threat, said Morgan, was the Giuliani Administration's threat to sell WNYC.
WWII era essays from WQXR Program Guide -words of wisdom from Copland, Templeton, Barbirolli, Beecham, Barzin and others.
New / Old Series--New York: A Portrait in Sound

WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Before 'Classics for Kids,' there was 'Fun With Music'

“WQXR has been asked frequently, ‘Why don’t you have a good children’s program?’ Our answer has been that we would have one as soon as we found one particularly suited to the audience of WQXR. We think we have found it. It is called Fun With Music and will be presented by Sigmund Spaeth, who probably knows as much about music as anybody. Of course, Sigmund Spaeth is familiar to our audience as well as to musical audiences throughout the country. Fun With Music starts Tuesday, February 1, and will be heard everyday, Mondays through Fridays, from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m.

"Mr. Spaeth plans to include all kinds of music on his program –classics, folk songs, popular songs of the day and any kind of music with which he thinks young people should be familiar. A walking music encyclopedia, we hope Mr. Spaeth’s program will please the young as well as the not-so-young as he talks about the music on the programs. In discussing this series, Mr. Spaeth said, ‘My primary aim is entertainment, but Fun With Music is designed also to stimulate an interest in music.”

Source: WQXR Program Guide, February, 1945
WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Thomas Wilfred and the Music of Light.

It's Women's History Month. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: Women's History

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1960.
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