NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 21, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 33
Edition # 671


1957: Tennis great Althea Gibson gets a warm reception at City Hall after a victorious return from Wimbledon.
An early 1950s WQXR binaural 'stereo' broadcast. The microphone on the left was fed WQXR-FM and the microphone on the right was channeled to WQXR-AM. Listeners were instructed to place their FM and AM radios (with each tuned to WQXR) in a room across from each other to simulate a stereo broadcast performance.(Photo: Courtesy of The New York Times)


The Streets of New York

"Starting date of The Streets of New York on WNYC, New York has been postponed to allow for the assemblage of special sound equipment and recordings. Program was scheduled to start January  21, but it was found that specially built devices will be needed to reproduce the sound of 'L' trains, subway, docks, zoos, riveting."

Broadcasting, February 1, 1938, pg. 59.
When Forty Was Sixty-Five

"A unique departure in radio audition invitations has been devised by John Black, New York author, journalist and lecturer. On April 22 he mailed to some 500 advertising executives, retail and other commercial captains a regular printed invitation requesting the pleasure of their presence at their radios on April 25 to hear his broadcast Getting Ready for Forty over WNYC, New York. Bringing out that the program is available for 'commercial engagements,' the invitation said that the program was the fifth in a series titled, Keeping Young After Forty."'

"Want to Listen!" Broadcasting, May 1, 1936, pg. 28.

Man With A Question

A new radio series titled Man With a Question started last week on WNYC, New York. The premiere program, broadcast in cooperation with the American Foundation for the Blind, featured H. V. Kaltenborn discussing 'Blindness in the World,' with M. Robert Barnett, executive director of the foundation. Subsequent programs in the 15-minute series of broadcasts will bring a number of theatrical personalities to the WNYC microphone to discuss all phases of blindness with authorities in the field."

Source: "Man With a Question," Broadcasting, November 8, 1954, pg. 107.
New WNYC Archive Summer Series

Recently exposed to a trove of vintage recordings Archive Intern Byrd Pinkerton does some thinking, slicing and dicing. A little context with your content?
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

The WQXR Great Artists Series


WQXR Sells Radio

"There is something new under the sun. Enterprising Arden X. Pangborn, manager of KGW Portland, has launched a 12-week spot announcement campaign over WQXR, New York and its FM affiliate WQXQ, to acquaint sponsors, time buyers, and an exclusive eastern audience with the station and the Pacific northwest audience it serves.

"The idea is new for radio but not other media...Radio sells everything from peanuts to politics. Then why can't it sell radio?"

Soource: "Can Radio Sell Radio?" Broadcasting, August 28, 1944, pg. 104.

WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary last month. Just think, only 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: Frankfurt School theorist Theodore Adorno has show WNYC in 1940.
Reminder to WNYC/WQXR producers: When you are here at the station you can always access the archive catalog without logging in by going to:

A modest proposal for the Greene Space Lobby

We bid a fond farewell this week to interns Hannah Sistrunk and Byrd Pinkerton. They did a lot of great work for which we are grateful. Best to you both with all your endeavors!

So You Think It's Easy! WQXR's announcers go into some detail about what it takes to be a good classical radio presenter in 1944.

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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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 571 followers.

The WNYC Archives is on Twitter with 2,694 followers @wnycarchives. We tweet daily reminders of, and links to, WNYC broadcasts from that day in the past.

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