NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 7, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 06
Edition # 594


1925: LeRoy Jeffers, of the Bureau of Associated Mountaineering Clubs of North America, talks about "Mountaineering." Note: Jeffers (1878-1926) was a frequent writer about outdoor activities, parks and conservation. He was described "as an eccentric, a sort of wild man in a way, caged all winter...but released during summer vacation where he did all sorts of adventuring."**

1938: Juanita Hall's Negro Melody Singers perform. Note: The chorus was one of many WPA Federal Music Project sponsored groups frequenting WNYC's studios at the time. See: WPA.

1951: Dr. Edwin R. van Kleek, Assistant Commissioner of Education of the State of New York, answers questions from New Yorkers about what to tell children regarding the atomic bomb, on Plan For Survival.

1960: Interview with Brig. Gen. Robert A. Hewitt regarding the Nike missiles defending New York City in the event of an attack, on this edition of Campus Press Conference..

1987: Golda Meir and Robert E. Lee are the focus of this edition of Kids America.
Olympians on the Air! 
Mayor Walker welcomes the 1932 French Olympic team to City Hall, July 14, 1932. The man standing at the bottom left with the microphone is WNYC's Chief Announcer Tommy Cowan. (Photo: Acme News Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)


"Negro News and Views"

"Jesse O. Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia, and Southern Field Director of the National Urban League and former New York State Supervisor of Negro Economics, will be the guest speaker on the third broadcast of the series Negro News and Views over station WNYC 810 k. Saturday, May 20, at 4:15 p.m. His topic with be 'The Negro's Contribution to the Culture of the South.'

"The series, arranged by the National Urban League in an effort to awaken the general public to the realization of the importance of the Negro's cultural contribution to American life, is directed by Edward Lawson, Managing Editor of Opportunity Magazine. Last week Dick Campbell, Director of the Rose McClendon Players, was the speaker."

Source: The New York Age, May 20, 1939, pg. 7.

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

    WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

August 26, 1938
A tape recorder was used for the first time in the U.S. to transmit a radio broadcast. The sapphire stylus engraved Millertape was invented by James Arthur Miller of the Miller Broadcasting Company. A 1,000 foot section of this tape could carry a 15-min program, which could be editted by cutting. This first program using this sound tape was transmitted by WQXR, the Interstate Broadcasting Company, in New York City from 6:30pm to 7 pm.

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:The American Music Festival.

In the July,1944 WQXR Program Guide veteran correspondent and commentator Estelle M. Sternberger discussed the critical role played by accurate and level-headed news analysis of the war. Read it at:The Commentator's Responsibility to Listeners.

Lots of news about Russia lately. Pussy Riot hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The winter Olympics in Sochi begin today. Did you know a Russian reportedly invented the light bulb? Find out more at: Radio Moscow on the Hudson.

 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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