NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 11, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 36
Edition # 674


1954:  Lieut. James Doyle of the U.S. Coast Guard and WNYC's John DeProspo at Hamilton Beach. Brooklyn report on Hurricane Edna.

2001: The World Trade Center is attacked with two commercial airliners. WNYC FM gets taken off the air.

Another Pioneering Woman in Radio

Lilian Supove Blake is still a bit of a mystery to us but we're hoping her son will come through with some files and photos. From what we understand, she held a number of positions at WNYC during and after World War Il. She did some reporting from England, served as a Weekend Reporter for Around New York, as well as Publicity Director and News and Special Events Director by the time she left in the early 1950s, This would have made her one of the highest ranking woman in broadcast journalism at the time. If you know anything more, please get in touch! (Photo: WNYC Archive Collections)

Calypso Singer Pays Tribute to WNYC

June 28, 1940
Calypso singer Cecil Anderson, a.k.a. 'The Duke of Iron,' writes and performs a ballad in honor of the city station and Mayor La Guardia on WNYC's Adventures in Music. Here is an excerpt:

Station WNYC.
Yes, WNYC, it is owned by the people of N.Y.C.
My friends, I’m known as the Duke of Iron,
And I sing to people throughout the land.
I came from Trinidad, maybe you have heard of the glorious land of the humming bird.
I highly appreciate your loyalty
And the grand privilege that’s offered me
By the nice people of New York City and the Station WNYC.
You have heard of that great little fighter,
And I mean our Mayor La Guardia
Who for days and nights of much deliberation
Fought for the existence of his pet station.
We look up to him as the godfather
For without his aid we couldn’t get so far,
Through his efforts you would be glad to hear
We’ll be on the air for another year.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
Collector's Records to be Heard on the Air
"Followers of The Record Collector's Corner will be glad to know that Mr. Julian Morton Moses begins a series of lecture-recitals on the air this Saturday at 3:30p.m., from Station W2XR. His talks, devoted to 'Great Voices of the Past,' will be profusely illustrated with records from his library of famous singers.."

Source: The American Music Lover, December, 1936, inside back cover.

Editor's note: Julian Morton Moses (1911-1997) was a music and opera critic, record historian and consultant, teacher, writer and lecturer. He was the author of Collectors' Guide to American Recordings 1895-1925 and other works.

WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, only 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: Calypso on WNYC

The Archives this week welcomes Ana Cox as the new Assistant Archivist for our latest NEH-funded preservation project. Ana is a graduate of the library school at UT Austin and comes to us from the Phoenix Art Museum. At UT, Ana played none of the hits all of the time as a DJ at KVRX.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column).
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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 561 followers.

The WNYC Archives is on Twitter with 2,703 followers @wnycarchives. We tweet daily reminders of, and links to, WNYC broadcasts from that day in the past.
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