NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 28, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 46
Edition # 634


1924: Children's show host 'Uncle Robert' on "The Hazards of J-Walking." Note: Variety later described Uncle Robert as "a philanthropist and friend of the children whose work on behalf of charitable societies made him a national figure."

1930: Victor Harrison Berlitz teaches his regularly scheduled French lessons.

1949: Mayor William O'Dwyer welcomes British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery to City Hall. WNYC's Tommy Cowan provides coverage.

1951: Mayor Vincent  Impellitteri asks listeners to remain in shelters until the all clear sounds during this official New York City air raid test drill.

1967: Carol Laise Bunker, American ambassador to Nepal and the first woman Assistant Secretary of State, speaks at the Overseas Press Club.

1987: Steve Post and Sara Fishko team up for a one-of-a-kind broadcast. It's called "Cheap Date," a ninety minute ride that takes them through the streets of New York, engaging in their own unique banter, sharing some music, and introducing special acts performed by WNYC listeners.
A,G, Lorimer Mural in the Green Room
This is one of two paintings of the WNYC Greenpoint, Brooklyn transmitter site done in 1937 by architect Allan Gordon Lorimer. For more on the artist and his works see: LORIMER.


 "Modernist Poet Zukofsky at WNYC"
April 8, 1935: Louis Zukofsky writes in a letter to Ezra Pound that he is working as a "feature and continuity writer and special  researchist  for WNYC…" Zukofsky was one of the most important second-generation American modernist poets and one of the primary forerunners of contemporary avant-garde writing. From 1938 -1940, Zukofsky was a senior researcher and writer for the WPA sponsored Index of Design. The index was a comprehensive pictorial and descriptive catalog of American craft and decorative objects and remains an invaluable source for historians of American art, society and culture. In late 1939 and into 1940, Zukofsky researched and was interviewed for a series of at least eleven WPA WNYC broadcasts called The Human Side of Art. The series was based on elements from the Index of Design.  Zukofsky's notes and WNYC scripts can be found in A Useful Art: Essays and Radio Scripts on American Design, published by Wesleyan University, 2003.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Let There Be (More) Music

"New York's radio station WQXR, first in the country to broadcast classical music as a regular thing, concedes that too many commercials detract from Beethoven and Mozart. So it has ignored its pocketbook and yielded to music lovers by canceling 300 commercials per week, a move almost unprecedented in the business. To recoup some of the lost income, the station raised its advertising rates 20%. To any miffed advertisers, it offered this balm: 'With a reduction in the number of available spot positions, greater listener attention will be focused on each individual message, giving you more value than ever before for your WQXR advertising dollar.' "

Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance, "News Behined the Ads," August 1959, pg. 35.
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 very rare interview: Thomas Wilfred and the Music of Light

This week we marked the 50th anniversary of New York City Mayor William O'Dwyer's death with the posting of an annotated Inner Circle performance and lengthy profile of his tenure. See Glamour Girls, Murder, and the Mayor: What lurked behind William O'Dwyer's charmed life?

Another highlight from WNYC's 1979 Storytelling Festival: The 20-Minute Macbeth.

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:1940.
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