NYPR Archives & Preservation
March 25, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 13
Edition # 702


Mayor F. H. La Guardia talks about the meat shortage, basketball betting, the celebration of Paris' liberation, the referendum on the five-cent subway fare increase to ten cents, and the future of New York City.

1964: Comedian Mort Sahl talks to Patricia Marx about the lack of relevant satire on stage.

1987: Host Amy Goodman marks the 76th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on Speaking for Ourselves. (This link also has other memorial audio from the archives).

January 1, 1942

WNYC Airs Documentary on Dustbowl Refugees

The three-part series, Songs of the Okies, by Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin, is based on their field recordings made at migratory labor camps in California. For more on the enterprising young men from City College see: DUSTBOWL DOC. (Photo: Fiddler Will Neal being recorded by Robert Sonkin (c) and Charles Todd (right with headphones) in 1940. The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center).

April 7, 1928
WNYC at a Glance in the New York Sun

WNYC begins test program distribution to the fledgling Educational Radio Network

WNYC-FM feeds programs to a newly constituted Educational Radio Network. On an experimental basis, station WNTI 91.9 in Hackettstown, N.J.,WGPA 95.1 in Bethlehem, PA., WPPA 101.9 in Pottsville, PA, and WDFM 91.1 in Universty Park, PA, airs some of our programs on a regular basis.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
The AM Call Letter & Frequency History

W2XR- 2100 and 1550 khz 1929-1934

W2XR -1550 khz 1934-1936
WQXR-1550 khz 1936-1941
WQXR-1560 khz 1941-1992
WQEW-1560 khz1992-2007

On May 24, 2007 WQEW ownership transfers from The New York Times to Disney/ABC.

The FM Call Letter & Frequency History

W2XQR-43.2 mhz. 1939-41
W2XQR-48.7 mhz 1941
W2XQR-45.9 mhz 1942-43
W59NY-45.9 mhz. 1943
WQXQ-45.9 mhz 1943-47

WQXQ-45.9 & 96.3 mhz 1947-1948

WQXR-96.3 mhz 1949-2008
WQXR-105.9 mc. 2008-

I say what I mean and I mean what I say. The no-nonsense approach of commentator Quincy Howe.
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: Happy Cosmonautics Day, and Other Fascinating Moments From Radio Moscow

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: The Mystery of P. Campbell.

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