NYPR Archives & Preservation
January 27, 2017 - Volume 16  Issue 04
Edition # 746

1953: New Zealand conductor Warwick Braithwaite talks about his work on this edition of Speaking of Music.

1989: New Sounds with John Schaefer features  music from the Canadian percussion group Nexus. There are also some mbira-based works from Dumisani Maraire and his Zimbabwean group, along with music from David Byrne & Brian Eno.

1997: WNYC officially marks its independence from the City of New York with the first of six payments of $3.3 million for our broadcast licenses. Speaking at the event are WNYC CEO Laura Walker, Scott Simon, Sarah Jessica Parker, WNYC Board Chair Peter H. Darrow and Mayor Giuliani.
Oct 13, 1943

Artists Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko discuss "The Portrait and the Modern Artist" on Art in New York with Hugh Stix

The abstract expressionist painters respond to a letter writer who asks: "The portrait has always been linked in my mind with a picture of a person. I was therefore surprised to see your paintings of mythological characters, with their abstract rendition, in a portrait show, and would therefore be very much interested in your answers to the following—

1. Why do you consider these pictures to be portraits?
2. Why do you as modern artists use mythological characters?
3. Are not these pictures really abstract paintings with literary titles?
4. Are you not denying modern art when you put so much emphasis on subject matter?"

Editor's Note: Unfortunately, we have yet to find the audio of this program, although we get at least one request every month for it. If you are interested, however, a transcript of the conversation can be found at: ROTHKO & GOTTLIEB
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

 From the WQXR Collection

The Rudolph Bing era ushered in African-American artists to the Met stage, among them, the trail-blazing Leontyne Price. She was featured on the  May 14, 1974 edition of Classical Music and the Afro-American hosted by George Shirley.
We are happy to report that some extremely elusive WNYC audio has been obtained thanks to the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. We have an example of Those Who Have Made Good, an NAACP sponsored program from 1941 hosted by radio pioneer Clifford Burdette  In this program he speaks with Harlem poet Countee Cullen.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, 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: Frankfurt School Theorist Has a Show on WNYC in 1940.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: These 1960s Computer Dating Services Want to Know Your Drug of Choice.

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