NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 20, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 12
Edition # 650


1948: The 50th Jubilee Show of the Inner Circle Club featuring 'Joe Stalin,' 'Harry Truman,' and 'Eleanor Roosevelt.'  Among the sketches: "A Streetcar Framed O'Dwyer."

1952: U.S. Ambassador Ernest Gross explains the topics covered at the 6th General Assembly of the United Nations to the Advertising Women of New York.

1964: Former CIA Director Allen Dulles speaks to the Foreign Policy Association.about the dangers facing communist countries.

1973: Painter and print maker, Allan D’Arcangelo talks to host Ruth Bowman on Views on Art.
Original Joel Cadman poster of Morning Music host Steve Post, produced for the 1996 WNYC Independence Campaign. For more on Steve see: Post Post, A Sampling and Tribute to Some Classic Live Morning Music Moments. (WNYC Archive Collections)
Brooklyn Janitor Pulls Plug on WNYC

World War II: New York City civil defense officials orchestrated 'blackout' drills in case of an enemy attack at night. On May 6, 1943, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported the following: "The rule is keep your radio going during a blackout, but those who were listening to the city radio station, WNYC, when last night's blackout test started couldn't do so with that station --at 9:17 p.m. WNYC suddenly went off the was explained today that the station was using its auxiliary transmitter operating from Brooklyn Technical High School for the first time. When the blackout started, a custodian or assistant custodian pulled all the switches, including those operating the radio station..."

Times Have Changed Department

April 21, 1946: The New York Herald Tribune wrote that WNYC was deluged with fan mail on the subject of the the station's broadcast of United Nations sessions. "WNYC has no way of knowing how large a listening audience is following the Security Council proceedings, but a perusal of more than 500 letters yesterday demonstrated that at least one section of the radio public wants its international  deliberations in straight doses, without color or comment, or even a whisper from any announcer...

"The letter writers are from all walks of life.  One Brooklyn housewife said she was 'exhausted at the end of every session' from 'hanging on the diplomats' words,' but she couldn't express her gratitude enough for the opportunity of getting tired out in such an absorbing way. A girl history student wrote, 'Just as I was told in history class that the picture of the past can be best obtained from original source material, so I find now our living history best clarified by access to this original source material'."
New / Old Series--New York: A Portrait in Sound

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

Kovacs Schooled By WQXR

"During this convalescence [Ernie] Kovacs' lifelong love of classical music began. Someone gave him a radio to keep him company in the hospital and he spent hours listening to WQXR, New York's classical radio station. Later he would often write comic pieces set to the music of composers he called 'Ricky' Strauss, 'Hank' Haydn, and 'Bubbles' Bartok, among others.

"He began his 1959 special 'Kovacs on Music' by explaining: 'I have never really understood classical music, so I would like to take this evening to explain it to others.' Ernie was being modest, for he had an uncanny, instinctual sense of the rhythms and shadings of classical music. He exalted and demystified the works of great composers for his television audience."

Karin Adir, writing in The Great Clowns of American Television, McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 62.
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: Pete Seeger in conversation with Steve Post.

It's Women's History Month. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: Women's History

There will be a memorial for former WNYC host Steve Post tonight - Friday, March 20th at Symphony Space (Sharp Theate), 2537 Broadway in Manhattan at 6 P.M.

How Irish Tape saved civilization.

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:1958.
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