NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 27, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 47
Edition # 685


1952: Random House founder and TV personality Bennett Cerf talks to The New York Herald Tribune Book and Authors luncheon.

June 24, 1923


Grover Whalen's daughter rides a model radio truck, a harbinger of WNYC's future equipment.

Mary Whalen, the daughter of WNYC founder Commissioner Grover A. Whalen, rides in what looks like a model precursor to the station's field truck, at the city's Silver Jubilee Celebration that marked the 25th anniversary of the consolidation of greater New York. The event held at Grand Central Palace in June, 1923 came a year before WNYC went on the air as part of the city's Department of Plant and Structures. Little Mary was paraded about the floor of the palace in what no doubt was her father's vision of the near future. (Photo:Radio News, September 1923, pg. 258)
All on the Same Day

October 25, 1938

In her "A Woman's New York" column in the Washington Post, Alice Hughes writes: "Girl About Town--Mrs. Elizabeth Faff upset our Mayor La Guardia the other day with a distracted squawk that our municipal radio station, WNYC, played the national anthem far too often, and at difficult hours. Mrs. F. wanted to know specifically whether she had to hop from bed or bathtub whenever the speaker gave out the tune. Hizzonner was stumped. Finally the flag association ruled that when sitting in the living room, one should stand--but whenever the action would be forced or unnatural, such as eating at table or when splashing in the tub, one should let it go."


The Daily Worker refers to WNYC as "the people's station" and says, "it points the way to the breaking of the monopoly under which radio is staggering. The time is not far off when other cities, and states, will follow the lead that has been set by New York, and establish radio stations that will work for the people. Then and only then will radio realize its true potentialities as an instrument of education, culture and freedom."
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Some Things Never Change

"A new sustainer called 'So You Haven't the Time,' dealing with all the things most women wish to do but can't, premieres over WQXR on Tuesday. It will be heard over that station regularly at 3:45 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Alice Pentlarge is featured."

Source: Radio Daily, March 18, 1937, pg. 8.
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. Just think, less than 9 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones celebrating nearly a century of broadcasting in the public interest. This week: The 'Founding Father' of Arab-American Literature is Heard Over WNYC in 1937.

Way Back celebrates Thanksgiving with turkey expert Fiorello H. La Guardia. He doesn't disappoint.

Thanks go out this week to Sharon Gold and Jerry Travis for donating the first 17 bound volumes of Vital Speeches of the Day (1935-1950) to the archives reference collection.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column).
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