NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 8, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 30
Edition # 618


1925: Josiah Zuro conducts Faust in English from Ebbets Field, with Judson House as Faust, Henri Scotti as Mephistopheles, William Tucker as Valentine, August Werner as Wagner, Bianca Saroya as Marguerite, Helena Lavin as Seibel and Lulu Root as Martha.

1954: Harris J. Klein of the New York City Transit Authority discusses the 15-cent fare, the Second Avenue subway and the closing of the Third Avenue El on Campus Press Conference with host Gabe Pressman.

1977: Gerard Wolfe, author of New York: a Guide to the Metropolis, talks with Walter James Miller on The Reader's Almanac.

2003: Dean Olsher goes digging around in strange places for insight, talent, and humor. Anthropologist Sherry Ortner searches for the Class of ’58, Weequahic High, Newark, NJ. Karen Michel goes back to Alaska to find out why she lost her husband to gold fever. All this and more on this edition of The Next Big Thing.
Veteran broadcaster Steve Post on the air at WNYC in 1988. Steve passed away on Sunday. He was a classic: Astute, cranky, brilliant, hilarious, irreverent, self-deprecating, entertaining, and insightful and all from behind the microphone. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/WNYC Archive Collections)


Post on Morning Music, May 22, 1996

"When I first came to work here I was appalled. I had come to work after spending many years at one of the oldest, ill-equipped radio stations. When I came here, I had never seen anything like it. It didn’t even look like a radio station. It looked like a boiler room of a cruise ship or something. And literally, things were so old that the microphone was attached to a steel pole that was attached to the ceiling from the days when announcers used to wear tuxedos and cupped their ears and there was no ability to use earphones. The very basics, of what we think about, for those of us who work in radio, were non-existent. Of course it was under Mary [Perot Nichols] when she came back, that the new studios were built and opened.”

Source: From a rare copy of Morning Music that generally wasn't saved since its content, outside of Post, was composed of commercially recorded music. This particular program was Post's tribute to former Station Director Mary Perot Nichols on her passing. 

WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Running Out of Time
“Time began to run out on Announcer Phil Stahl during a recent WQXR Symphony Hall program. He found it necessary to abandon the prepared continuity and close the program extemporaneously.  His announcement came out this way: 'Symphony Hall was brought to you tonight through the courtesy of the Universal Funeral Chapel, Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street, in Manhattan.  We hope you'll be with us next week.'"

Source: An item (circa late 1940s/early 1950s) from the WQXR Anecdotes folder, WQXR Archives Collection.
WNYC's 90th anniversary has passed. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Leader of American Anthropology Launches WNYC Series.
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The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week: 1924.
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