NYPR Archives & Preservation
May 16, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 18
Edition # 606


1942: City College Professor Robert I. Wolff discusses the significance of astronomy in the war and in the post-war years for this edition of The Role of Science in War.

1951:The Office of Price Stabilization presents Your Pocketbook, a show on beef regulations, black market operators, and upcoming beef regulations.

1979: Authors and P.E.N officials B.J. Chute, Kirkpatrick Sale, and Karen Kennerly discuss the origin of the organization, the work they do, and the program for writers in prison on The Reader's Almanac with Walter James Miller.

2003: The Next Big Thing takes a look at almost but not quite forgotten city dwellers - from the subjects of a three-decade photography project to the human pawns in a life-size game of "urban chess." Also, Jonathan Ames in the role of the disturbed "diarist" from Eric Bogosian's recently revived play,
 Just Another Day at the Fair
WNYC and others covering Mayor F. H. La Guardia on Pan-American Day at the New York World's Fair, September 22, 1939. (Acme News Photos/WNYC Archive Collections)


Barnard 'Girls' Tabulate Votes for WNYC
"Approximately fifty Barnard girls will participate in tabulating votes on November 4 under the auspices of radio station WNYC. Members of the group will assist at local headquarters of the Republican and Democratic parties in the Bronx and Brooklyn and at station WNYC in Manhattan. There will be direct lines from the party headquarters to the radio station. In this way WNYC receives the unofficial figures several hours earlier than from the national wire services. The idea originated when Professor Phoebe Morrison of the [Barnard] Government department investigated election work opportunities for her students in the Practice of Politics course, and was told by WNYC that students could be utilized there.  The group now includes members of the Practice of Politics, American Political Parties courses and interested girls who signed up through Political Council."
Source: "BC Aids NYC Vote Count," Barnard Bulletin, November 3, 1953, pg.1.

"National Public Radio, which was organized in 1969 as the radio operational instrument for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is expected to commence interconnected network operations in May. Your City station is preparing to carry the programs of the noncommercial public network. The first offering will be a magazine type program to be known as 'All Things Considered…' Details of the content of this first effort have not been precisely defined but it is expected that a great breadth of subject matter which will advance the art and enjoyment of the sound medium will be presented. The program will deal with widely diverse subjects and will draw on poetry, plays, films, and musical performances. The network is expected to provide live coverage of speakers at the National Press Club in the nation's capitol and the actual coverage of congressional hearings and other special events as they occur. It is hoped that this new resource will add to WNYC-FM's program schedule a means of regular national originations in the public adventure."
Source: WNYC Director, Seymour N. Siegel, writing in the May-June, 1971 WNYC Masterwork Bulletin.
Tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Ed.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

    WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Once Upon A Time...
"...At WQXR all is serene and quiet. The studios are on the fifth floor of the Hecksher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue. A pleasant receptionist sits in the outer office where the walls are decorated with an excellent print or two and where there are magazines for visitors. No tourists come to WQXR; if they did, they would find little to see. Clerks and stenographers work at a long row of desks. To one side are the soundproof studios and the control room...

"...A rather baffling collection of switches and dials rose in front of the engineer at the control board. To his left was one of the phonograph turnstiles* and on to his right was another. Ordinary phonograph records were being used for a Beethoven composition. The one on the left of the engineer was turning when I came in, but the needle was close to the center and he was watching it intently. After a minute or two he started the turnstile on the right. A white line, he pointed out, had been etched on the record and this told him when to make the change."

*Record turntables.

Source: Henry F. Pringle writing in "WQXR: Quality on the Air," Harper's Magazine, April, 1940, pg. 510

WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is this July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Kurt Vonnegut, WNYC Reporter on the Afterlife.

WQXR Co-Founder and President John V. L. Hogan took time out in the June, 1941 Program Guide to talk about the WQXR triumvirate. the listener, the producer, and the sponsor, see: A Report to Listeners.

Just before World War II when Fascist storm clouds were gathering over Europe and isolationists were making inroads on the home front, distinguished anthropologist Franz Boas headed up an organization whose goal was to confront these challenges and their negative influences on American democracy. The group launched a series on WNYC: Give Me Liberty.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 607 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column)

We're also working on the WQXR Facebook timeline. (1929 - present)

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