NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 4, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 10
Edition # 699


1945: Mayor F. H. La Guardia on rationing, and why Jerusalem artichokes are an excellent substitute for potatoes.

 Millard F. Hopper's Lectures on Checkers are Regular Feature 1933-1934

Millard Fillmore Hopper (1897-1985) learned how to play checkers at a Greenwich Village recreation center. In time he became champion of the corner-store 'Go-As-You-Please' (GAYP) or 'freestyle' form of competitive checkers, as opposed to the traditional tournament style in which two or three moves are determined in advance. Hopper demonstrated his chops at the 1939 World's Fair, where he set up a booth and played nearly 5,000 games, reportedly losing only three. His program aired on WNYC October, 1933 through July, 1934.

The above booklet from our collection states:"Covering a complete course in the strategies and science of checkers as given in a series of Radio Lectures over Radio Station W.N.Y.C."

                (Electronics Magazine, March, 1942.)
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
WQXR & 1939 World's Fair

"Arrangements have been completed by the New York World's Fair of 1939 with Major Edwin H. Armstrong, inventor of the new static-less radio system, [FM] and with Mr. John V. L. Hogan, owner of Station WQXR, to present the inaugural program using the new wave from the Fair site, an impressive broadcast dedicating what promises to be a far-reaching technical advance . . .

"Not only has the Major and his engineering crew succeeded in dodging static but they give to radio a remarkable system of pure-toned broadcasting. So realistic is the music it seems that the listener is sitting amid the musicians."

(Source: Excerpt from the 1939 Radio Annual, pg. 64)
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary last July. Just think, 8-and-a-half short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions, broadcasts and milestones celebrating nearly a century on the air in the public interest. This week: A Musical Tribute to Edgar Varèse, April 17, 1981.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features:Roy Campanella.

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