NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 19, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 49
Edition # 637


1947: Secretary of State George C. Marshall discusses the London Conference, a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers to determine the future of German reunification. In his speech, Marshall conveys his disappointment in the process.

1966: Warren Bower interviews combat photographer David Douglas Duncan, on the The Reader's Almanac. Duncan talks about his autobiography Yankee Nomad.

1988: John Schaefer plays works inspired by gamelan music on this edition of New Sounds. Included are: Ingram Marshall's Woodstone, a work from Yas-Kaz's release Jomomsho, along with works by Bill Alves and Stephan Micus.

2008: On The Media's Brooke Gladstone talks with New Yorker staff writer George Packer, who has compiled some of George Orwell's shorter works into two volumes.
The Non-Squeak Wicker Radio Studio Chair
Naturalist George K. Cherrie delivering remarks from WNYC's state-of-the-art studios in 1924. Cherrie took part in two of Teddy Roosevelt's expeditions to Brazil. Behind him is a wicker lamp, not a beach umbrella. (Photo: American Museum of Natural History).


 "For Clandestine Program Purposes"

"The State Department, on September 5, 1947, advised that a State Department official who had listened to radio broadcasts from Radio Station WNYC, New York City, particularly during the 6:00 broadcast was of the opinion that some of the material put forth was nothing more than subtle Soviet propaganda. He stated that one Herman Newman [sic] was program director and probably responsible for such programs.

"It is further stated that Newman [sic] has been designated to proceed to Poland on a conductoral [sic] tour. The State Department is a little skeptical of this in view of the fact that there are no Polish orchestras over 22 pieces in Poland which would necessitate the visit of a foreign conductor. He further stated that Newman [sic] is not musically inclined as an orchestra director, and thus the State Department suspicion, although not substantiated by fact, that Newman [sic] is going to Poland for clandestine program purposes."

Source: November 29, 1947 FBI Memorandum from New York Special Agent in Charge (SAC) to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Editor's Note: WNYC Music Director Herman Neuman was in fact more than qualified as a conductor and composer.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

In 1956, a 16-year-old Sedaka was one of 15 young people selected to appear on WQXR's educational competition program "Musical Talent in Our Schools." Sedaka attended the Abraham Lincoln School in Brooklyn, where he was already getting a start on writing pop music -- "ballads and musical-comedy material," as he said in his remarks. But here the precocious teen sticks with the classics, performing works by Debussy and Prokofiev. It clearly paid off: Sedaka won the contest, whose judges included none other than pianist Arthur Rubenstein.
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: Intrepid City College Staffers Record Dust Bowl Refugees for WNYC Documentary

The Rise and Fall of the East Village Art Scene

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