NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 25, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 51
Edition # 689


1946: Narrator Sydney Barry takes us around town to various churches on Christmas Day. Included are St. John the Divine, St. Marks, Trinity, St. Patrick's and the First Abyssinian Baptist in Harlem.

1954: Media critic Gilbert Seldes  has some early praise for The Honeymooners. At the same time, he calls Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows a "mean couple" and suggests the show is "genuinely sadistic."

Happy Holidays
to All of Our Friends, Readers & Supporters!

Albert Goldman, the Commissioner of New York City's Department of  Plant and Structures and WNYC head, stands at the microphone. It's December 23, 1926 in the WNYC studios, and his jolly colleagues look on. (Photo by Eugene de Salignac and courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives collection).

August 1, 1925
Before a crowd of 25,000 at Ebbets Field and thousands more listening over WNYC, the City launches its first free Municipal outdoor opera series. The performance of Verdi's Aida includes a cast of more than 400, with policemen playing Egyptian soldiers and camels and elephants borrowed from the Bronx Zoo.
February 11, 1954
British-born jazz guitarist Sidney Gross discusses the guitar as a medium for jazz interpretations on Adventures in Jazz. (This program began in October 1953 and appears to have run through 1956. Gross, a former R.A.F. bandleader, taught a class by the same name at Columbia University in 1954. Billboard also described Gross as the "repertoire chief" of Urania records in 1956.)
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Tree Trimming Tunes

"Special Christmas programming stunts include 'Tree Trimming Tunes' on WQXR. New York. This two-hour segment, featuring Christmas music of many lands on Christmas Eve from 11:10 PM to 1 a.m., has been a WQXR tradition since 1955."

Source: Bundy, June,  "Jocks, Station in Rare Holiday Humor," Billboard, December 21, 1955. pg. 1.
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, less than 9 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones celebrating nearly a century of broadcasting in the public interest. This week: The WNYC Archive Holiday Cluster of Oldies But Goodies.

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 A special Christmas WAY BACK. Kids mob Santa at City Hall in 1950.
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