NYPR Archives & Preservation
June 27, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 24
Edition # 612


1928: The Democratic National Convention in Houston, Texas is heard live.

1954: Speaking of Music with host_______? Can you identify this person? He seems to be from Rochester, NY and has a European accent.

1977: Dr. Suzanne Nalbantian discusses her new book, The Symbol of the Soul on The Reader's Almanac with Walter James Miller. She talks about how metaphors for the soul underwent a series of changes in the nineteenth century, and reads some passages from her work.

1989: New Sounds presents new releases, including Henry Threadgill Sextet, Power in the House. Also included: New Music from Nebraska, Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis, The Battlefield Band with Alison Kinnaird, and the New Instrument Trio.
Mayor James J. Walker (to right of WNYC mic) presents scrolls of welcome and the city's medal to Major Charles Kingsford Smith and the pioneering crew of the Southern Cross, who had just completed the first westbound North Atlantic flight. Included are: Evert Van Dyk, co-pilot; Capt. J. P. Saul, navigator; and John Stannage, radio operator. (Photo: Library of Congress)


 WNYC Head Tapped for FCC in 1965
"…Leading candidate for a current Republican vacancy on the FCC is Seymour Siegel, Director of WNYC - the municipally owned radio-TV station of New York City.  New York Republicans were amazed to discover that Siegel, long an employee of Democratic city administrations, was a Republican after all.  The surprise was shared by Democratic Mayor Robert Wagner, Siegel's employer.  Siegel's claim to Republicanism stems from a  long-ago association with Fiorello La Guardia, New York's maverick Republican mayor of the 1940s.  But apparently that's good enough for President Johnson, who ordered the routine FBI check for Siegel. 

"If a New Yorker is to be named, Republican Sen. Jacob Javits prefers Kenneth Barlett, Dean of Communications at Syracuse University.  Many Republicans outside New York are plugging Charles King, Dean of Law at the University of Detroit and an FCC member briefly during the Eisenhower administration."*

Source: Rowland Evans and Robert Novak's syndicated column, Los Angeles Times, February 23, 1965, pg. A5.

*Note: None of the above were selected for the FCC post.  James J. Wadsworth, a former member of the New York State Assembly and former U.N. ambassador, was appointed Commissioner, May 5, 1965.

Siegel's brother Marc says that at the time Sy Siegel was enthusiastically endorsed by the electronic media and that "the people opposing Sy's being tapped as commissioner of the FCC were very big business interests and Jack Javits." Aside from heading up WNYC, Seymour Siegel was the President of the Prix Italia, had served as President of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, and promoted major program exchanges with the BBC and other national broadcasting outlets.  According to Marc Siegel, there had been the hope that his brother's appointment to the FCC "would signal a new era nationally and internationally of dedication to the public interest, welfare and necessity."  
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924
(Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Program: "Nothing New in Music"
"Your program last night on the development of rhythms from savage tribes to modern times was most interesting. Programs of this type and scope should be encouraged and I hope your series will turn into a weekly feature.

"The field is wide and the material extensive; there should be no trouble finding enough for a thorough analysis of many forms and patterns we hear today in older roots. Keep up the good start."

Source: Fan mail from WQXR listener Barbara Avallon of 2866 Marion Avenue in the Bronx, February 7, 1940, Douglas MacKinnon Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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: Cartoonist and Sports Writer Thornton Fisher, WNYC Sports Commentator 1924-1925.

There is now hope for WWII era broken glass transcription discs! We've taken some of ours and some from the Municipal Archives WNYC collection up to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) outside of Boston. They're using IRENE to scan the groves. Read more at: DISC READER.

50 years have passed since Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Reporter and attorney Eleanor Fischer was there doing both reporting and legal work. Among her raw tapes in the collection we located one containing an interview with Rita and Steve Schwerner not long after civil rights worker Michael Schwerner's body was found along with Andy Goodman and James Chaney. Listen to it at: SCHWERNER.

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

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