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.mâ€¦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.
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