NYPR Archives & Preservation
January 2, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 1
Edition # 638


1929: Dr. Henry T. Fleck presents the Hunter College Adolph Lewisohn Course in Music Appeciation, featuring the Barzeley Trio.

1951: Bernard J. Gillroy, Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Building for the City of New York and Chairman of the Committee on Air Raid Shelters says that any shelter is better than none at all in the event of a nuclear blast.

1983: Kurt Vonnegut talks with Walter James Miller about his latest novel Deadeye Dick on The Reader's Almanac.

2008: Leonard Lopate says goodbye to 2007 with a look at the year's most overrated movies. He then welcomes in 2008 with some predictions for the world in the year ahead.
WNYC Airs Investigation of 'Lenient' Lunacy Commission
On February 3, 1938, Sargeant Frank Spottke testified before the New York State Lunacy Commission on the 1932 arrest of Martin Lavin, who was later involved in a fight that resulted in the death of a police officer. State legislators were looking into whether the Commission "sometimes affords criminals comparatively easy punishment." (Photo: Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)


 WNYC and Missing Persons

Before Joseph Mitchell, the veteran profiler of New York characters, wrote for The New Yorker, he reported for several New York papers, among them, The New York World Telegram. There he reported on George L. O'Connor, the broadcasting detective of the police Missing Persons Bureau, on May 9, 1936:

"...Every weekend throughout the winter he goes swimming among the ice floes and grapefruit rinds in the surf at Coney Island; he is in fact, President of the Icebergs Athletic Club. He writes sentimental poetry. He used to be a tap dancer with a Primrose and Dockstader minstrel show, and at 48 is still able to make a lot of noise with his shoes. 'However,' he said today, 'I think my most important accomplishment, is my Missing Persons human interest broadcast. I am a keen student of psychology, and I take these stories from the original files, stories of broken home ties, and broadcast them over WNYC, the municipal broadcasting station, at 1 P.M. on Sundays. I write a poem about each case and finish up with that, and I feel the broadcast is an important police service…’ "
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII


Recorded in 1949 for WQXR listeners, this clip captures Stravinsky’s staccato accent superimposed on the opening bars of Orpheus. After conjuring the ancient mythology of the Greek characters depicted in the ballet, Stravinsky goes on to justify his modern musical treatment of the story by comparing himself to Renaissance-era painters:

“[They] painted the stories of ancient Greece, or the Bible, and the European landscape in customs of their own time, without attempting to reconstruct the scene of Greece or Palestine with historical accuracy. I have also avoided all unessential ethnographic details for the sake of a higher symphonic reality.”


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: A 'Lively' Rant on Popular Film, McCarthyism, and Genre Fiction

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1945.
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