NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 30, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 40
Edition # 729


1945: Mayor La Guardia goes over his busy  week which included visits from Soviet Marshal Zhukov, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the President of Chile, and President Truman. He also mentions a resolution of the elevator strike, high school students striking because athletic coaches are not paid overtime, and a discussion of inadequate Queens bus service.

Secretary of War Patrick J. Hurley at ceremonies marking the start of excavation for New York City's 1,100-foot pier at 48th Street and the Hudson River, June 27, 1931. (Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)

Source: The Brooklyn Eagle, March 19, 1940, pg. 20. LIFE AND WORKS.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the twenty-fourth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman provides a somewhat revisionist view of musical history through the ages using the WQXR theme. Beginning with the cave men, to Gregorian chant, to harmony through plain chant, polyphony, syncopation, renaissance influence, Elizabethan madrigals, romanticism, art song, opera, operetta, modernism, unexpected syncopations, piano blues and ragtime, with some help from Arnold Black and William Bolcom and some well-known performers.

There's also some blowing of and off steam in a marvelous way with  “Europe Unter Ster,“ an April Fool’s special, followed by another April treat provided by former Music Director Abram Chasins and Peter Ustinov.

WQXR announcer Philip Stahl in 1942.
(WQXR Archive Collections)
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, less than 8 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: Leader of American Anthropology Launches 1939 WNYC Series.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: India's UN Delegate Krishna Menon Urges Collective Peace

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A vintage peak into the 1939 WNYC voice booth. courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York. Wurts Bros. photo.
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