NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 20, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 8
Edition # 646


1928: H. V. Kaltenborn analyzes and comments on Japan.

1945: Bertha Melnik plays the music of Tom Scott and Robert Evett for the 6th annual WNYC American Music Festival.

1955: Charles Abrams, New York State Rent Administrator, speaks out about rent control and related issues with host Gabe Pressman on this edition of Campus Press Conference.

1968: Jackie Robinson and Dr. Sterling Wade Brown, representing the National Conference of Christians and Jews, answer questions about the fight for civil rights.

1978: Dr. Robert L. Chapman discusses Caught in the Web of Words: J.M. Murray and the O.E.D. on The Reader's Almanac.
A Future President
Senator John F. Kennedy is spot-on WNYC's Western Electric 633A 'salt shaker' microphone. The occasion was the dedication of the Lt. Joseph Kennedy, Jr., Memorial Community Center at 34 West 134th Street, May 10, 1954. (Photo courtesy of The New York Times)
Some WNYC Trivia to Memorize
(In Your Spare Time, Of Course)
May 1926: The Salem Oregon News reports that a singing dog named Jack was the most popular radio soloist in New York. Singing weekly over WNYC, the Brindle Bull  was said to carry any tune and got fan mail from children across the country. According to the paper, the exceptionally intelligent Jack had several favorites but was partial to After I Say I'm Sorry, "because of the vivacity and energy he puts into the rendition of it."     

September 1938: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle featured WNYC's receptionists in a column called "Radio Dial Log" by Jo Ranson. Ranson wrote that the "three young ladies, Clara Pacella, Elise Jahoda and Rose Riccardi paid a visit to C.B.S. headquarters to learn from their Chief Hostess how to behave at a receptionist's desk. When asked how to handle 'mashers,' the woman in charge said, 'no such animal ever came to C.B.S...' "  Mashers at WNYC?

October 1943:  Sheldon Putterman is chosen to be the voice of "Scout News" heard Thursdays on WNYC.  The 16-year-old Eagle Scout lived at 2136 East 9th Street in Brooklyn. Putterman was up against six other Scouts for the job.

August 1947: The New York Herald Tribune reports that "WNYC has kept its door open to everyone and anyone who wanted a chance at radio and who showed some talent or promise...To the list of men and women who have acted, sung or worked in WNYC's year round 'summer theater' could now be added Betty Garrett, now in Call Me Mister, Regina Resnick, dramatic soprano for the Metropolitan Opera; Melvin Elliott, news commentator at WOR; Susan Reed, folk singer, and at least one Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Elaine Lambert Lewis, who produced Songs for the Seven Million, on WNYC..." Station Director Seymour Siegel said, "We feel it is definitely part of our function here to give talented would-be's a chance to crack the tough and often intimidating field of radio."
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

”Other additions to 'live' programming included Melody Through the Ages, which was introduced on January 3, 1937. This program was the first of a type for which WQXR was to become well-known, for it included commentary on musical developments by Roy Harris, an American composer who had received a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards…

"With the airing of Music and Ballet, WQXR pioneered in the broadcasting of ballet and its music on the radio in the United States. Mentor of the series was Irving Deakin, English writer, lecturer, critic…"

Source: Evelyn Wilson Wendt, writing in A History of WQXR and WQXR-FM: The Radio Stations of The New York Times, Columbia University, PhD thesis, 1962, pgs. 102-103.


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: Patricia Marx interviews playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

It's Black 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: BLACK HISTORY.

TRIBUTES: Leonard Lopate interviews drawn from the archives of guests who have recently passed away.

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:1952.
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