NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 13,, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 7
Edition # 645


1925: Thornton Fisher provides sports analysis.

1930: Orton Tewson discusses writing about Abraham Lincoln.

1941: Pete Seeger performs with the American Square Dance Group at WNYC's second annual American Music Festival.

1964: Senator William Benton, member of the executive board of UNESCO and pioneer in radio and television programming, speaks about these media: their use, misuse, and potential, and ways he would like to see them operated. He also talks about Soviet plans for educational radio and TV and urges greater activity in this field in the US.
An Original Ticket
For the closing concert at Hunter College of WNYC's third annual American Music Festival in 1942.(WNYC Archive Collections)

For more than 40 years the festival was traditionally held between Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays at the station and at concert venues around the city. A few notes on past festivals for your edification:

February 1951: The 12th WNYC American Music Festival was to feature avant-garde composer Edgar Varese's, "Ionization."  The work called for the use of a siren "as a singing voice among some forty percussion instruments."  But WNYC had to rule it out with regrets since the New York City Civil Defense Office banned all sirens except those used for air-raid warnings.

February 1944: The 5th WNYC American Music Festival presented 30 radio premieres. Included were: Aaron Copland's "Violin Sonata," played by Ruth Posselt with the composer at the piano; "Synthetic Waltzes," by Virgil Thomson, played by Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale, duo pianists; and "Five Anniversaries," by Leonard Bernstein, played by the composer.

February 1941: The 2nd WNYC American Music Festival opening concert drew an audience of 3,000 to Hunter College's new auditorium.  Another 2,000 were turned away for a lack of space. The music was provided by an orchestra of 100 musicians drawn from the WNYC Concert Orchestra and The New York Civic Orchestra of the WPA Music Project. Among the composer-led works was 'Station WGZBX,' a satirical suite by Philip James, and the world premiere of Morton Gould's 'Spiritual for String, Choir and Orchestra.' Deems Taylor conducted his composition 'The Highwayman' with Richard Hale singing baritone.

Remember Harrison Salisbury? One hard-boiled journalist from the old school.The Reporter as Witness to Truth.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. We're now officially a nonagenarian radio station. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Mandela Walks Free.

It's Black History Month. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: BLACK HISTORY.

From the Archives: Talking About Cancer - Then and Now.

Long before Facebook, Woody Guthrie 'liked' WNYC. See: WOODY.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Have heart!

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 600 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column) This week:1951.
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