NYPR Archives & Preservation
July 8, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 28
Edition # 717

1924: WNYC goes on the air. Featured performers include 'The Original Radio Girl' jazz singer Vaughn de Leath, 'The Happiness Boys,' Ernest Hare and  Billy Jones, The Six Brown Brothers, popularizers of the saxophone, and The Vincent Lopez Orchestra.

2004: WNYC marks 80 years on the air with an interactive anniversary timeline.

July 8, 1924

Happy Birthday, WNYC!

The first of two original broadcast logbook pages from 92 years ago when WNYC officially went on the air. Staff and visitors to the station can view enlarged versions of these founding records on the wall outside the archive office on the 7th floor. (WNYC Archive Collections)
April 19, 1947

"Interesting and frequently inspired dramatization of the death of the anti-fascist Spanish poet-playwright Garcia Lorca, as done by the Repertory Players on WNYC, N. Y., Saturday (19), was effective stuff, mitigated somewhat by the fact that In format, subject matter and delivery, it had a reminiscent ring, as If all this had been done or said before. Characters' voices sometimes sounded too much alike to be able to distinguish friend or foe clearly. Production also sounded somewhat theatrical at times, with dialog occasionally stilted in phrase. But otherwise it was a good show, making a poignant story of the poet's death and pointing up again the fruitlessness of war.

"Show dramatized the capture and death of Lorca, his being chained to a rock high on a hill to die (also to be a decoy), and the attempt of one of the repentant rebel peasants to free him. Good poetic dialog, combined with excellent musical background and sound effects, and competent acting, carried show off. Lorca's character was well-defined and portrayed."

Source: Variety radio review from April 23, 1947. The half-hour drama was produced by Mario Siletti and Frank Lanzi. It was written by Norman Rosten.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the twelfth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman brings us back to July 13, 1962, the day WQXR host Commander Edward Whitehead (Mr. Schweppervescence)  interviewed singer and actor Martyn Green. Part 1 of 2.

WNYC celebrates its 92nd anniversary today! Just think, 8 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: The WNYC History Notes on the web.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Remembering the Cheap, Tawdry, Downright Immoral Times Square.


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WNYC's Way Back series:takes us back to WNYC's first broadcast on Cavalcade of WNYC, a 1948 retrospective produced at the launch of the station's jubilee year.

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