NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 3, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 38
Edition # 626


1956: Opening ceremonies for the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit New York City School Builders 1806-1956.

1974: Author William O'Rourke discusses his book, The Meekness of Isaac. He talks about the book's theme of the Vietnam War's effect on American youth for this episode of The Reader's Almanac.

2003: Amanda Aronczyk offers a primer on American political mobility and exposes seven reasons why people switch political parties – ranging from exasperation to calculation -- for this edition of The Next Big Thing.
Brian Lehrer - 25 Years on WNYC
On the Line launched September 25, 1989 as a three-hour (10 am to 1 pm) news and public affairs oriented call-in talk show with producer Meg Luther and engineer Christine Dempsey. It was renamed  The Brian Lehrer Show in June, 2002. Brian is pictured here at his desk on the 27th floor of the Municipal Building sometime in 1989 or '90. Note the quaint transistor radio and Rollodex. (Photo: Meg Luther/WNYC Archive Collections)


City Postmaster Contacts Mailmen via New WNYC Radio Series
“Initiating a unique public service series, the Municipal Broadcasting System (WNYC and WNYC-FM) will launch a new monthly program, POSTMASTER  REPORT on Thursday, November 17, (5:30-5:45 P.M.) featuring New York City Postmaster ROBERT SCHAFFER. To be broadcast on the third Thursday of each month, the program will mark the first time that the head of the world’s largest post office can talk to all his men at one time. Besides serving as a vital inter-departmental communications link, this program will give the general public a working knowledge of the mammoth mail service…

“A further public service adjunct of the Municipal Broadcasting System, the monthly Postmaster’s Report joins more than three dozen regular WNYC series which cover the manifold aspects of city life. Among these the daily You and Your Health, City Food Guide, Listen to Nutrition and Around New York; as well as the thrice-weekly Want Ad Column of the Air, two daily Board of Education series; weekly Veterans News Service, Selective Service News, Ask Your Local Rent Office, Room Nine with its direct reports from the various heads of city departments; Air Wardens Service Report, Sports for New Yorkers,….to mention but a few of the scores of WNYC service programs which bring vital information to the people.”

Source: Municipal Broadcasting System press release, November 15, 1955.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Distinguished Authors to be Heard on WQXR Series: Counterpoint

“Counterpoint, a literary program in which book reviewer Roy Newquist  will be heard interviewing distinguished authors on their philosophies, ideas and backgrounds, will begin over WQXR on Friday, March 20th. Broadcast from 9:07 to 9:22 p.m., the series will be sponsored by the Book-of-the-Month-Club, Inc.

‘The first guest on the series (March 20th) will be Morris L. West, best known for his Shoes of the Fisherman and The Devil’s Advocate. Among the guests scheduled to be heard on later programs are John Mason Brown, Jessica Mitford, Mark Van Doren, Erskine Caldwell, Ian Fleming, Bruce Catton, Tyrone Guthrie, Gore Vidal, John O’Hara and others…”

Source: WQXR Press Release, March 13, 1964.

Note: Newquist also interviewed the author Harper Lee about her work, To Kill a Mockingbird.


WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary this 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: Pioneering Calypso Broadcasts on WNYC.

Robert Kiley, Underground Movements, New York’s Subways from Voices at the New York Public Library broadcast in 1993.

  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:1932.
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