NYPR Archives & Preservation
January 24, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 04
Edition # 592

1925: Explorer Colonel James Churchward talk titled "The Sun is a Cool Body."

1930: Wiley H. Swift, long-time advocate for children and representative of the National Child Labor Committee, delivers "Some Thoughts on Child Labor Day," an annual day in January to highlight the evils of child labor.

1943: Mayor F.H. La Guardia interviews Mrs. Kate Brooks of New Richmond, Ohio, who recently won the national prize in the Conservation Cooking Contest to find the grandma with the best old fashioned molasses recipe.

1954: Sydney Gross hosts Adventures in Jazz.

1960: Congressman Emauel Celler holds a news conference on racial prejudice.

1993: Issac Bashevis Singer reads from his unpublished works on Voices at the New York Public Library.

2003: Alena Kuczynski reports on teen discrimination for Radio Rookies.
March of Dimes Poster Boy Gets Key to City
WNYC is on the scene as Donald Anderson, a 5-year-old from Pineville, Oregon receives the key to New York City from Mayor William O' Dwyer. The January 14, 1946 event at City Hall marked the official opening of March of Dimes fund drive. (Photo: Acme News Photo, WNYC Archive Collections)  For other WNYC coverage of similar news see: POLIO.


Father of FM Aids Both WNYC & WQXR

"It was discovered that [Edwin] Armstrong had been paying out some $1,500 per month for years in high-fidelity wire charges between Washington and New York to keep some 'live' FM programs, such as the Library of Congress' chamber music series, coming into the New York area over WNYC and his own Alpine station via the foundering FM Continental Network, which had to cease operations at his death…FM stations were rising on all sides. In quick order, WQXR in New York, WHAM in Rochester, WTMJ in Milwaukee, WMCR in Washington and WBNS in Columbus added FM to their broadcasting services. Armstrong gave WQXR— 'The Good Music Station' founded and operated by his old friend John V. L. Hogan—its first FM transmitter to make it the first commercial FM station in New York…"

Source: Lessing, Lawrence. Man of High Fidelity: Edwin Howard Armstrong. Philadelphia, Pa., and New York: J.B. Lipincott, 1956. pgs. 247, 301 and 302.

WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
(Municipal Archives Collection).

 Happy 36th Anniversary to The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase hosted by Bob Sherman!!!


First Anniversay of Dynagroove!
"The first anniversary of RCA Victor's Dynagroove sound process will be observed over WQXR on Tuesday, March 10, from 10:05 to 11 p.m. with a special musical program of selections processed in the evolutionary advance in recording art....

Musical features will include Liszt's Grand Galop Chromatique, soprano Leontyne Price singing Un bel die from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, and Wieniawski's Legende played by violinist Erick Friedman, soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent...

Source: WQXR Press Release, March 3, 1964.

WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is next July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Gilbert Seldes, host of WNYC's The Lively Arts 1953-1956.

The man who would become WQXR's Music Director for nearly two decades was the accomplished concert pianist Abram Chasins. In June, 1942 he wrote an essay for the WQXR Program Guide about the obligations of performers, composers and listeners to the art of music. Read it at: An I.O.U. to Music.

Surprise! surprise! One last Reader's Alamanc interview with Kurt Vonnegut has surfaced. Check it out at: DEADEYE DICK.

With the recent discussion of marijuana decriminalization, we thought we'd take a look at what was in the collection. More at: When Weed Grew Wild in Williamsburg.

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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