NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 23, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 39
Edition # 728

1924: Baseball pro Dazzy Vance delivers a talk on 'clean living,' and The Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band plays The Darkies Jubilee and other numbers.

2001: David Margulies reads extended selections from E.B. White's 1948 essay "Here is New York" on this edition of The Next Big Thing.

WNYC founder Grover A. Whalen at the New York City Silver Jubilee radio exhibit, extolling the medium's virtues and the city's plans for a station, June 5, 1923. (Photo by Eugene de Salignac and courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives).

WNYC: To Bring 'Greater Happiness to the People'
New York City's 1923 Silver Jubilee celebrating 25 years of borough unification was an opportunity for the Hylan Administration to trumpet its accomplishments and plans for the future. Among those plans was WNYC. Although not yet named, the municipal broadcasting station had already been on the drawing board for a year and city officials were intent on having it come to pass. The exposition for the Silver Jubilee was held at the Grand Central Palace, a city exhibition space. There were daily broadcasts from the Radio booth at the expo over Newark's WJZ. And the booth vigorously promoted what would become WNYC.

"The Officials of the Department of Plant and Structures are of the opinion that there is a new and undeveloped field in broadcasting for municipal governments. The City of New York intends to be the leader in this new field ...

"Uncle Sam is already dispensing health through its Radio station at Arlington, Virginia. New York City will dispense health, protection, safety, education, entertainment and in fact, something from every one of its many departments. A closer bond between the people and their government, a more intimate aquaintanceship and the end for which the government is working, the greater happiness of the people, will be attained..."

Source: Silver Jubilee Review, June 15, 1923, vol. 1 no. 17. pgs. 1 and 3. Thanks to Associate Archivist Alexandra Hilton at the New York City Municipal Archives.

For more see: New York City Silver Jubilee: The Plan and Promise of WNYC in 1923.

WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the twenty-third episode of WQXR at 50. Host Robert Sherman draws from listener letters, reflections, and comments. He also reviews the programs Just Music, Nights in Latin America, and Cocktail Time with Duncan Purnie, who recalls earlier days at WQXR.

Sherman also talks with Douglas A. MacKinnon, WQXR’s first program director and musical commentator, who came to W2XR in December 1935. We hear from Lily Pons and Andre Kostelanetz on Gilbert Hyatt’s literature program on haiku.

A must see: Next Thursday evening in the Greene Space: The Brian Lehrer Show:'Yo Miss!'

WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary last month. 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: WNYC and the NYPD Agree, Don’t Run Away from Home!

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: General William Westmoreland Reports on the Vietnam War.

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