NYPR Archives & Preservation
July 26, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 28
Edition # 566

1939: Panelists Paul Taylor, David H. Popper and John C. Dewilder respond to the question, "Can Germany Be Appeased?" The program is broadcast from the Foreign Policy Association.

1945: A Goldman Band concert in Central Park features the Overture to Mozart's Magic Flute and other works.

1953: Signing of Korean truce at Panmunjon. Spot news and analysis by broadcasters from around the world. Speeches from President Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, Dag Hammarskjold, Henry Cabot Lodge and Lester B. Pearson.

1964: James Farmer, Bayard Rustin, Cleveland Robinson and Basil Patterson discuss 'the Harlem riots,' on Who Speaks for Harlem?
     Veterans' Day 1927 - Madison Sq. Park

Mayor James J. Walker delivering his Armistice Day speech, November 11, 1927 at the Eternal Light Memorial in Madison Square Park and over WNYC. The 'Great War' (World War I) had only ended nine years earlier and was still very much in the minds of Americans. ( WNYC Archive Collections)


        Henry Allen, American - Early Black Serial

"Broadcast over WNYC from October 8 to November 12, [1944] Henry Allen, American was an early attempt to create an African-American serial. The title played off the name recognition of the popular white comedy The Aldrich Family with the teen hero Henry Aldrich. This black program followed Henry Allen, a black youth, and 'the pathos, humor, events...that Henry and his family are confronted with.' The series, like most dramatic black shows, could not find a sponsor, and aired only six times."

Source: Ryan, Ellett, Encyclopedia of Black Radio in the United States, 1921-1955, McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, 2012. pg. 80. Ellett cites WNYC Files at the New York Amsterdam News, November 25, 1944, p. 8B.

Note: This merits some further research. Since there were no commercial sponsors on WNYC, perhaps it was a question of getting an institutional sponsor if the station at that time didn't have enough internal resources to the keep the show on the air.  Unfortunately, we have not yet located any lacquer discs of this program. Since most programs during WWII would have been cut on glass-based aluminum transcription discs (if the shows were recorded at all), their survival rate would not be great..
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

American Mavericks From the Archives on Q2

WQXR: The First to Use 'Tape' in U.S.

"The Phillips-Miller machine recorded sound as a wavering line on a plastic strip but did so by a mechanical rather than the photographic process used to make Hollywood  soundtracks...Miller licensed his invention to the Phillips Company of Eindhoven and by the mid-1930s it was in use in radio stations in Norway, Luxembourg and England.

"It was first used in the United States by New York's WQXR...Station managers were open to any new recording technology that offered better sound than disks, so WQXR agreed to test the Phillips-Miller recorder in 1938...It offered some advantages over disk recorders in terms of the durability of the recordings, which could be played many times without degradation.  Its technical weak point was the lack of a corresponding method to duplicate the tape for distribution..."

Source: David Morton writing in Off the Record: The Technology and Culture of Sound Recording in America, Rutgers University Press, 2000, pgs. 53-54.

News & Notices:

George Bernard Shaw was born on this day in 1856. WNYC broadcast his 90th birthday dinner celebration in New York in 1946. See: SHAW.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 596 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column)

We're also working on the WQXR Facebook timeline. (1929 - present)

Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 452 followers.

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