NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 10, 2017 - Volume 16  Issue 06
Edition # 748

1949: Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is given the Henrietta Szold award in recognition for her work with Hadassah to rescue children

1954: Sir Edmund Hillary addresses The New York Herald Tribune Book and Author Luncheon about his recent (less than a year earlier) scaling of Mount Everest.

1961: WNYC reporter Eddie Joseph describes the opening ceremonies for the Niagara Falls Power Project.

1974: Norman Rosten discusses his memoir of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: An Untold Story , with Walter James Miller, host and producer of The Reader's Almanac.
November 1929 - July 1930

It seems to be generally acknowledged that the premiere of the The All-Negro Hour on Chicago's WSBC on November 3, 1929 was the first weekly variety show featuring African American entertainers. Lesser known is the fact that WNYC opened its schedule to the NAACP every Wednesday just two-and-a-half weeks later. Based on a check of The New York Times radio listings, the show ran through July 16, 1930. The program was a series of talks by black leaders on a variety of topics including African-Americans and race relations, women, workers, entertainment, blacks in politics, literature, and the economy. Those speaking included: W. E. B. Dubois, A. Philip Randolph, James Weldon Johnson, and other prominent African-Americans of the time.

WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

 In 1981 WQXR's Lloyd Moss speaks with dancer, choreographer and singer Judith Jamison about her life and career. Ms. Jamison discusses the musical selections of her choosing.

Thanks this week to Dave Berry at the Sarasota Music Archives in Florida, we've added another 100 WQXR reels to our collections. This brings the total of repatriated master reels up to 820 in the current fiscal year. More copies of The Listening Room, Young Artists Showcase, Woody's Children, and Broadway Music specials to be placed in the digitization queue.
The New York Public Radio Archives Celebrates Black History Month. We've pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work, series and sonic artifacts concerning African-American history.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, 7-and-a-half 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: The Reader's Almanac, with Walter James Miller.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: W. H.  Auden, Herbert Kubly, and John O'Hara Speak at the 1956 National Book Awards.


Our Trouble With Trash in 1969.

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