NYPR Archives & Preservation
August 5, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 32
Edition # 721

1929: 'The Negro Lawyer,' a talk by Zernal J. Williams.

1948: Bronx Day at Idlewild Airport. There are speeches in honor of the opening of Idlewild Airport and the Golden Anniversary of New York City. Included are dramatizations of the history of the Bronx and live banjo music by the Bronx Boomers. The Bronx's 'number one citizen,' George Upman, describes the best aspects of the borough. Postmaster Albert Goldman speaks and the Fire Department Glee Club performs.

1956: James Felt, Chair of New York City's Planning Committee, answers questions about city planning and zoning on Campus Press Conference

Dr. Robert Spike, Executive Director of the National Council of Churches' Commission on Religion and Race, discusses the Civil Rights training school in Oxford, Ohio at the Overseas Press Club. The slain civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney had attended the school. The  bodies of the three had been discovered the previous day in Mississippi.

President Harry S. Truman in 1948. Unfortunately, we don't know what this event was but the uncropped shot has cake with the Statue of Liberty on it celebrating the landmark's 62nd birthday. (PM Photo/WNYC Archive Collections)

March 27, 1938

WNYC Forum of the Air: Propaganda and Democracy

A roundtable discussion with journalists Robert Spears, Ferdinand Lundberg, Clyde Beales and Claude Robinson, Associate Director of the American Institute for Public Opinion. Lundberg is also the author of a biography of William Randolph Hearst titled, Imperial Hearst. Robinson is a pioneer in advertising and opinion research. Clyde Miller is the moderator.


The Goldman Band premieres 'The WNYC March' in Central Park to mark the station's 30 years of broadcasting. The work was scored for brass instruments and drums. The composer, Dr. Edwin Franko Goldman, said it was written "as a tribute to WNYC for the fine work it has been doing."

WQXR Archive items on the web are getting an update!

Welcome Back to Senior Archivist Marcos Sueiro Bal !
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the sixteenth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman plays clips from WQXR's mailbag over the years. The earliest clips are from 1937. They include:

1. A reader recounts his experience listening to Beethoven's Eroica (3rd Symphony) on WQXR while in the Navy.

2. WQXR founder John Hogan testing music and voice levels on WQXR not long after the call letters shifted from the experimental designation: W2XR

3. A birthday salute to soprano Lotte Lehmann from Bruno Walter in 1963.


Thanks go out this week to Peter Gottesman for donating a framed letter sent to his mother (then, Miss Janice Gerstenzang) by WQXR, informing her of a cash award of $10 for winning the station's Musical Memory Contest of April 20, 1938.

We'd also like to thank listener, contributor and sound engineer extraodinaire Art Shifrin for donating several dozen 16" transcription disc sleeves. They always come in handy!

WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary last month. Just think, less than 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: Calypso on WNYC.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Fifty years after Jacob Riis' famous speech at Cooper Union, his son, Roger William Riis, addresses the same issue, tenement conditions and the need for affordable housing.

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WNYC's Way Back series: A Few Bars from the Original Broadway Star of 'Cats'

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