NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 18, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 37
Edition # 675


1963: Choreographer George Balanchine talks with Patricia Marx about the value of star dancers and repertory dancers. He rejects the notion his work will be of any importance in the future.


Dorothy Gordon was the host of WQXR's New York Times Youth Forum program in the 1940s and 50s before it moved on to WNBC. Frankly, we don't know anything about her news club. Do you? (WQXR Archive Collections)

Some Bold-Faced Names on WNYC's Advisory Board

January 1, 1940
Newly appointed by Mayor La Guardia, the board is charged with increasing the cultural and educational importance of WNYC. It consists of: Colonel Arthur W. Little, prominent publisher and leader in civic affairs; James G. McDonald, Director of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Margaret Kiely, Dean of Education at Queens College; Jacob Rosenberg, President of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians; and Angelo Patri, author and educator.

Supplying expert specialized advice to the board is an advisory panel of consultants. They include: Dr. Walter Damrosch and Olin Downes on music; John Golden on drama; Lou Gehrig, Jack Dempsey and Gustavus T. Kirby on sports; Fannie Hurst on current literature; Dr. Mario Cosensa on history; Dr. George Pachr, on medicine and health; and Dr. A. A. Berle on foreign affairs.
A Show For Grandma

"Mary Julian Glover will present the first of her new series of radio shows, The Grandmothers Club of the Air,  over station WNYC, New York City, Thursday afternoon at 4:30…Mrs. Glover, who is known professionally as Mary Julian, took her idea to WNYC, a non-profit municipal station, and it was approved…The opening show on the night of December 5 will be a presentation of the Negro Grandmothers Gospel Choir, consisting of eight voices under Mary's direction…The second program will be an interview of the Jewish grandmothers, December 12. Irish and German grandmothers will appear on the program December 19, and Jewish, Gentile, Japanese and Negro grandmothers will sing Christmas carols December 26. The best show of all, Mrs. Glover says will be January 2, when grandmothers will bring their wedding gowns to the radio station and wear them for the program. Another show planned for late January will feature grandmothers and their pets."

Source: Unidentified newspaper clipping from December 4, 1946.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)
From WQXR's Program Policy File-Circa 1947
"Make every program either educational, cultural, informative or interesting (or a combination of those features).

"Never tell the audience that the program  is educational or cultural.

"Put the emphasis on good music (of any kind) and avoid trashy 'popular' music heard on many other stations.

"Address all programs to people of intelligence and appreciation; never 'talk down' to the audience, and never underestimate its education or culture."
WNYC celebrated its 91st anniversary in July. 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: Radio's first regular program of record reviews, heard on WNYC.

Welcome this week to Mary Kidd, the station’s first National Digital Stewardship Resident. We are one of five institutions in New York City hosting an Institute for Museum and Library Services-funded post-graduate resident for the next 9-12 months. She will work on issues of digital preservation management. Mary holds an MLS from LIU-Palmer School.

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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