NYPR Archives & Preservation
November 1, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 42
Edition # 580

1927: Dr. George P. Quackenbos discusses Greek words in English.

1940: President Roosevelt delivers an address from the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of his third campaign for the presidency,

1959: Edward Tatnall Canby talks about Austrian military music on Recordings, E.T.C.

1986: Amy Goodman's lineup on this edition of Speaking for Ourselves includes women on campaign trail, abortion clinic bombings and feminist fairytales

1992: Toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng-Tan performs on Around New York.

2001: Amy Eddings reports on the New Jersey political races.  
Long Before 311

Mayor La Guardia asks the first questions at the City's new information bureau, December 19, 1939. Mary Stuart Power answers them for WNYC listeners at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. (Acme News Photo, WNYC Archive Collections).


WNYC's  Iconic Station ID First Broadcast in 1938
"New York City is entering the international lists to combat the flood of European radio propaganda in South America, The New York Journal American learned today. With both Italy and Germany bombarding the South American countries with Fascist propaganda, station WNYC will join other American stations in broadcasting the advantages of democracy. A weekly series of half-hour broadcasts, extending 'good will greetings' to South America, will be sent out from WNYC via the General Electric short wave station W3XAF at Schenectady. The first program will go on the air tomorrow at 6 p.m…Each program will end with the statement: 'This program comes from WNYC, New York City's own station, where seven-and-a-half million people, who have come from all parts of the world, are now living in peace and enjoying the benefits of democracy.' "
Source: The New York JournalAmerican, May 26, 1938 [Emphasis added].  Editor's Note: After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the phrase "in peace" was removed until the end of the war.

In the mid-1960s the Queens College School of General Studies offered a radio course in 26 broadcasts by Rudi Blesh called Dimensions of Jazz. The production over WNYC was by Frank J. Kahn. We've recently acquired the loose-leaf course guide but we'd love to locate the broadcasts. Suggestions anyone?


Listen to Sun Ra from 1981 at the Whitney Museum.

The Unauthorized NPR Cautionary Tales: A Radio Creature Feature. This week: The Letter A.

Web tribute to WQXR's 'Doc' Masoomian

In the May, 1944 WQXR Program Guide Composer Roy Harris writes about American, or in his words, "native American" composers finally getting the recognition they deserve. Read it at: HARRIS.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

       WQXR at 75

          (2 Years Ago)
He Loathed Mozart
[New York Times publisher Arthur Hays] "Sulzberger had an apartment of his own in the building where The Times was edited and printed, and he was in the habit of turning on WQXR each morning when he bathed and shaved. Repeatedly he found fault with the people at WQXR and their choice of morning music. Several of them came to me and brought a listing of all the music that had been on the station for a number of mornings. 'Would you please analyze it and give us your estimate.'

They made no secret about the fact that Mr. Sulzberger had complained about 'too much Mozart.' I complied with a memorandum suggesting that the programming was rather good, and my only criticism was that there was not enough Mozart. They evidently sent my memorandum to Mr. Sulzberger, who clearly remembered months later when I was in his office for a kind of informal investiture upon my appointment as chief music critic in succession to the late Olin Downes. With a tolerant, friendly smile Mr. Sulzberger asked, 'Do you still like Mozart?' My answer was, 'More than ever.' Mr. Sulzberger shrugged as if to say this would be forgiven and forgotten."
Source: Howard Taubman, writing in In The Pleasure of Their Company: A Reminiscence, Amadeus Press, Portland, OR, 1994, pg. 9.

WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is next July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Artist and architect A.G. Lorimer Captures WNYC's Old Transmitter Site From Two Perspectives.

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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Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 469 followers.

The WNYC Archives is on Twitter with 1,488 followers @wnycarchives. We tweet daily reminders of, and links to, WNYC broadcasts from that day in the past.

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