NYPR Archives & Preservation
May 23, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 19
Edition # 607


1928: Beatrice Henderson. a public school teacher known for her dramatic readings, hosts The Negro Arts Program.

Noted psychoanalyst Dr. Karen Horney presents a lecture on the role of love in human growth and development of the personality.

1965: Mayor Robert Wagner and the Sanitation Department Band appear at City Hall for I Am An American Day ceremonies.

1977: Walter James Miller interviews Walter Glanze about the Scribner-Bantam English Dictionary.

1997: Murray Polner and Jim O'Grady, authors of Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan, talk with Leonard Lopate on New York & Company. 
 Rhapsody in Blueprint
A section of the April, 1936 WPA blueprint #31 showing our call letters on the front of the Greenpoint, Brooklyn transmitter building, and its art deco stainless steel chimney. For more on the site see: Transmitter. (WNYC Archive Collections)


From Classical to the Unclassifiable
"Since the early 1980s when WNYC began presenting works by people like Milton Babbitt, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Elliott Carter--first on Tim Page's afternoon show, New, Old and Unexpected and then on a regular basis--we've been the only station that consistently plays 20th-century classical music.

"The advent of New, Old and Unexpected was a milestone for WNYC. You could say the debut of John Schaefer's New Sounds in 1982 was another step forward. Schaefer began the show in part as a reaction to the 'academic' new music of composers who had degrees in musical composition and hailed from the world's most prestigious musical conservatories. Schaefer's kind of new music was more accessible, more atonal, and some of it wasn't new at all: ancient vocal music of the Tibetan Gyuto monks might share airwaves with a hypnotic piece by Meredith Monk..."

Source: "From Classical to the Unclassifiable," FM Program Director Peter Whorf writing in the January, 1990 edition of Wavelength, WNYC's program guide.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

    WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Ludwig the Chart-Topper
"On New Year's Day 2007, in WQXR's annual broadcast of the fifty most popular classics as determined by a poll of its listeners, the announcer noted that Beethoven won the largest number of nominations. The Ninth ranked first, the Fifth second. In 2008, the Ninth again was first; second, the Seventh; third, the Fifth."

Source: Donald W. Shriver writing in On Second Thought: Essays Out of My Life, Seabury Books, NY, 2009, pg. 31.

WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is this July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: WNYC's Peabody Awards (1944-2012).

In May, 1944 WQXR Program Guide station leadership takes a firm stand against singing commercials. See: TRA-LA-LA

This week we mark Sun Ra's 100th birthday with the posting of this 1991 concert from the Archives and commentary from NYPR's Senior Concert Engineer, Edward Haber: SUN RA.


The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column)

We're also working on the WQXR Facebook timeline. (1929 - present)

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