NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 14, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 44
Edition # 632


1946: Betty Stamm reviews the play The Duchess of Malfi and interviews its star Donald Eccles.

2013: Sara Fishko reports that on this very day in November of 1943, Leonard Bernstein made a historic debut that played out like a hokey melodrama.
WNYC Pioneers
The station's first Chief Announcer Tommy Cowan, Founder Grover A. Whalen, Music Director Herman Neuman and Director Seymour N. Siegel in Studio C at the Municipal Building on WNYC's 24th anniversary, July 8, 1948. (Photo courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives)


  A Station ID That Echoes Through Time

"...My mother always woke me at 6:15, simply opening the door that connected the room where I slept to the living room so I could hear the noise from the radio that at that hour was always tuned to WNYC (the city-owned radio station) and its early-morning diet of the classics and the news.  The open door meant I had fifteen minutes in the one-bathroom ballet of our family life to get cleaned up and mostly dressed for school before it was my mother's turn. When I emerged, there was always a small glass of orange juice waiting on the table, squeezed from the orange she picked up from a street vendor on her walk home from the Lexington Avenue subway after work.  Much less pleasant, there was also always a teaspoon next to it, along with a bottle of foul-tasting cod-liver oil--one of the few consequences of my mother's Norwegian heritage that I loathed.  In lieu of matins in our odd routine, we always recited in unison the hyperbolic station break on WNYC at the top of the hour: 'This is New York, the city of opportunity, where more than eight million people live in peace and harmony and enjoy the benefits of democracy'... "

 Source: Thomas Oliphant, writing in Praying for Gill Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family's Love for the Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Martin's Press, 2005. pg. 13.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

On April 17, 1937 WQXR invited Evan Roberts, the Managing Director of the WPA Federal Theatre Project Radio Division, to talk about the wonders of radio and its potential to be entertaining, educational, amusing, exciting and appealing to the intellectual as well as the average person. Read his address: Twentieth Century Magic.


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary this 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: Freedom's Ladder: WNYC and New York's Anti-Discrimination Law

Houdini's brother on WNYC in 1939

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:1938.
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