NYPR Archives & Preservation
September  20, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 36
Edition # 574

1942: The New York City Police Department Orchestra performs on Mayor La Guardia's Talk to the People program.

1950: Labor leader A. Philip Randolph speaks at a City Hall reception for the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

1976: The author Ronald Gross discusses Writers in the Public Interest with Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac.

2002: Cindy Rodriguez reports on how the city has agreed to pay restitution to families who have spent the night on the floors of the Emergency Assistance unit in the Bronx.
           WQXR's Peabody Awards.

This ad is from the May, 1961 edition of The Sponsor. WQXR is the winner of five regular Peabody awards: 1949, 1951, 1960, 1962, and 1968, as well as an Honorable Mention from the Peabody Committee in 1940, the first year the Peabody was awarded.


NYC'S First Post-War Daytime Air Raid Drill, November 28, 1951 

"...On a local basis, the Municipal Broadcasting System WNYC, was doing the same by means of fifty-seven sound trucks which toured throughout the city. The station had prepared a standardized recording that emphasized that only an air raid test was in progress. Where the trucks were assigned to areas having a predominant foreign population, recordings in that language were also played.

In each sound truck, there was also a microphone for use by the police if necessary to give specific directions. For the most part, these trucks were donated by private concerns, to supplement the available sound trucks from city agencies. The Police Information Booth at 43rd Street and Broadway was also equipped with one of WNYC's recordings."

Source: "Blueprint for Survival," Spring 3100: A Magazine for Policemen, January, 1952, Vol. 23, No. 1, pg. 28. Published by the NYC Police Department.

It all started when the lacquer disc of a Fiorello La Guardia speech got stuck on the groove that said “a little booty - a little booty -…” (he was talking about children’s footwear, but never mind). The NYPR Archives then teamed up with WNYC’s Soundcheck to create an utterly irreverent, decidedly not profound challenge to have some fun with archival audio, just in time for the mayoral election. See: REMIX THE MAYOR. (You can also hear about it on the Brian Lehrer show.)
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

       WQXR at 75

          (2 Years Ago)

          Did You Know?

WQXR's Director of Chamber Music in 1943 was the renowned violinist Roman Totenberg, father of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.                _________________

WQXR's pioneering woman news commentator Lisa Sergio writes that 'Brains Have No Sex' in an April, 1943 essay for the station program guide.

The above link will also take you to her Column of the Air from June 20, 1941, where she talks about Nazi plans for Syria and Palestine, an underground radio station in Czechoslovakia, and Gandhi's opinion of Hitler.

We will have more reprints from the WQXR Program Guides published during WWII that include essays by Leon Barzin, Abram Chasins, Roy Harris, Alec Templeton, Sir Thomas Beecham, Theodore Steinway and others. Next week: Aaron Copland on Latin American Music.


    News & Notices:


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: David Randolph: The Father of Weekly Thematic Music Programming

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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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 459 followers.

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