NYPR Archives & Preservation
January 6, 2017 - Volume 16  Issue 01
Edition # 743

1953: Dave Garroway emcees launch of the 1953 March of Dimes Campaign from City Hall. The calypso Trinidadians sing a song about polio. ("Polio must go, it cannot stay, really breaks my heart when it strikes a kid, so let's all join together and make this bid").

1964: Patricia Marx interviews humorist Art Buchwald on his recent book I Chose Capital Punishment and his comic approach. Buchwald sees satire as a weapon, defining his humor as inherently anti-establishment, fueled by truth and indignation.


January 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 metro area.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

 From the WQXR Collection

Tenor and master teacher George Shirley interviews Marian Anderson for the 1974-1975 WQXR series
Classical Music and the Afro-American.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, it's 7-and-a-half 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: Intrepid City College Staffers Record Dust Bowl Refugees for WNYC Documentary.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: There Are No Prophets in Science: The Vision and View of J. Robert Oppenheimer.   _________________________

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