NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 21, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 08
Edition # 596


1925: New York State Senator William Lathrop Love discusses  his 'Clean Books bill.'  Note: Dr. W.L. Love represented the 8th District of Brooklyn. He was seeking to amend the law pertaining to the sale of obscene literature by making the presence of any obscene, lewd or lascivious work, apart from its context or intent, sufficient ground for suppression of the whole book. The bill was defeated (9 to 2) by the Senate Codes Committee.

1939: The New York City Council meets on proposed budget and mandatory legislation: discussion, debate and roll call.

1946: Las Tres Guitarras perform South American folk songs for the Latin American Artists program of the American Music Festival.

1956:Spirit of the Vikings presents Norweigian folk music and Eva Le Gallienne discussing Henrik Ibsen.

1964: President Johnson speaks at the 96th anniversary celebration of the University of California, Los Angeles.

1993: Historian Arthur Schelssinger, Jr. asks, "Has the Constitution Outlived Its Usefullness?" The talk is part of the Voices at the New York Public Library series.

2013: Sara Fishko tells us about classical concerts having their own rhythm and rituals. Among them, the encore.
Lewisohn Stadium Concerts
Both WNYC and WQXR broadcast live concerts from City College's Lewisohn Stadium over the years. At the time of this program, July 6, 1959, WNYC broadcast nightly throughout the concert season at 5 and 6 P.M. while WQXR carried the concerts at 7:06 P.M. Listen to a memorable 1952 Stadium Concert with: Marian Anderson and Misha Elman.


WNYC Broadcast VD Meeting

"In a unique experiment in mass scale radio education, station WNYC will devote its entire broadcasting facilities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the Regional Social Hygiene Conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania today.

"Speakers at the Conference sponsored by the American Social Hygiene Assn., will include Charles Bolte, Tex McCrary, Health Commissioner Weinstein, Ray Lyman Wilbur and other leaders in current affairs. Their speeches, all of which will be broadcast by WNYC, will cover such subjects as Marriage and Divorce in the U.S. Today and The Rising Tide of Venereal Diseases. WNYC decided to give six hours of air time to this conference out of concern over the increase in VD."

Source: PM, February 5, 1947. Thanks for the tip to Christopher George at ICP.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
(Municipal Archives Collection).

    WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII


These original foot-high wooden WQXR call letters from the 1940s station reception room are now on display in the WQXR area of the 8th floor.

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: Malcolm X on WNYC.

In the latest edition of Essays from the WQXR Program Guide, the composer of the opera, The Devil and Daniel Webster considers changing attitudes toward modern music. Writing in February, 1943 Columbia professor Douglas Moore says "Something has happened to take the sting out of the adjective modern when applied to music." Read more at: Modern Music and the Rush to the Exits.

She was a black genius —a Juilliard-trained pianist of dizzying talent, equally adept at jazz and classical music.  But along with great talent, she believed, came great responsibility. In 1951, over Philadelphia station WFIL, Hazel Scott spoke not about Bach or boogie, but about bigotry. Listen at: SCOTT.

A must-read for any fan of WNYC History: Peter H. Darrow's Going Public: The Story of WNYC's Journey to Independence.


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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