NYPR Archives & Preservation
April 24, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 17
Edition # 655


1955: Cultural critic Gilbert Seldes talks about Tenessee Williams' new play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

1978: Writer William Packard discusses the nature of creativity with host Walter Miller on The Reader's Almanac.
One of 21 newly acquired WNYC lacquer transcription discs of 1939 World's Fair broadcasts.  The collection includes coverage of the visit by the King and Queen of England and dedications at the Cuban, Mexican, Finnish and British pavilions, as well as a couple of our regular daily (while the fair was open) World's Fair Reporter programs. (WNYC Archive Collections)

Now that Spring Is in the Air...
"Unprecedented is the word most often employed to describe the snowfall of Friday, December 26, 1947. Unprecedented, too, was the job that faced New York City's municipal agencies in digging the snowbound City back to normality. From the first indication of the magnitude of the storm, WNYC became the focal clearing point for the City's superb efforts to extricate itself from the dangerous paralysis resulting from the 25-inch precipitation.

"Serving as radio representative on the Mayor's committee on Planning and Operations, Seymour N. Siegel, Director of the Municipal Broadcasting System, placed the full staff of the City Station on a special basis, and channeling all activity through the Newsroom, kept all radio stations in the city advised of all important decisions of the Mayor's Committee, and key municipal departments. An indication of the indispensability of the City Station's snowstorm coverage was the permission granted by the Federal Communications Commission for WNYC to remain on the air past the 10 P.M. sign-offf time for the duration of the emergency..."

Source: Excerpt from "The Blizzard of '47," WNYC Annual Report for 1947, pg. 10.

Some New Old Audio on the Web

Rev. Gary Davis fans: Can you ID the opening track of this 1966 WNYC studio session? John Schaefer can't!: REV GARY DAVIS.

The Golden Age of the Carnegie Hall Studios

This week marked the 50th anniversary of New York City's landmarks law. Read about it at: The New York City Landmarks Law: Saving the Past for Half a Century

And on those sure-footed Mohawk iron workers who live in Kings County: A Wigwam in Brooklyn.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

WWII Era Essays from the WQXR Program Guides


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary last 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: The Man Who Fought For and Founded WNYC - A Story From the Dawn of the Radio Age.
It's National Poetry Month. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: Poetry Month.

Congrats!  WNYC News and Radiolab each won a Peabody Award this week. See the entire list back to 1944 at: PEABODY.

This week The Takeaway marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp with some rare archival tape. See: BELSEN.


The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column).
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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 561 followers.

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