NYPR Archives & Preservation
April 11, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 13
Edition # 601


1942: Walter Kessler of the Biology Department at City College discusses "Biology in the War: War diseases and their control," on this edition of The Role of Science in War.

1955: Health Commissioner Leona Baumgartner's addresses WNYC listeners on the eve of her visit to Ann Arbor to "listen first hand" to reports about the efficacy of the Salk vaccine against polio.

1960: Author Jessamyn West at The New York Herald Tribune Book and Authors Luncheon has praise for beatniks.

1993: Historian
Raul Hilberg's 1988 Celeste Bartos Forum lecture commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Kristallnacht on the series Voices at the New York Public Library.

2003: Thoughts about war from afar from one thoughtful TV viewer and an expatriate Iraqi family who witnessed the first Gulf War on this edition of The Next Big Thing.
 Pru Devon Collection
Thanks go out this week to Alister and Wendy Sanderson for their generous donation of Pru Devon's WQXR broadcast discs, tapes, photos and scripts. For more on Devon's work listen to the 8th in the series of Bob Sherman's 50th anniversary programs from 1986.

Also included in the donation were WNYC and WQXR program scripts by Evans Clark, along with one of his broadcasts of South American Way. 
And finally, thanks to Matthew Barton of the Library of Congress for his making this all possible.


WNYC & Palestine: 77 Years Ago 
On June 5, 1937, WNYC broadcast an address by Lebanese-American writer and poet Ameen Rihani.  Known as the ‘founding father of Arab-American literature,' Rihani spoke out against Zionism and said the only “possible and practical solution [in Palestine] would involve a decision that the Jewish National Home was now complete, and henceforth to be developed from within and not from without.  Jewish immigration and land buying would be stopped at once and a national representative government would take the place of the [British] mandate.” 

The broadcast prompted a charge of anti-Semitism against WNYC from City Alderman Samson Inselbuch of Brooklyn.  WNYC’s leadership defended the station’s broadcast, noting that plans for airing the Jewish side of the issue had been made before the Rihani broadcast.  Leading rabbis and Jewish representatives backed the station, as they had indeed presented their views on Palestine during a broadcast round-table discussion.  Rabbi Stephen S. Wise wrote that the charge against WNYC might be upheld only if the station had denied Jews the same right to speak. 
Today is reportedly National 8-Track Day, a day to celebrate the obsolete but not forgotten audio format.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
(Municipal Archives Collection).

    WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

Calling WQXR
In 1941: CIrcle5-5566
In 1950: LAckawana4-1100

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: Harry Houdini's brother on Voice of the Theatre, with Ezra MacIntosh.

This week marked the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert and the 40th anniversary of WQXR's George Shirley interview with her as part of Classical Music and the Afro-American.

In October, 1944 WQXR composer and orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett told WQXR that "good adaptations successfully carried out so as to have a wide popular appeal have an important part in the development of musical appreciation in this country."  Read more from the WQXR Program Guide of October, 1944 at The Classics on Broadway.

Penn Station is long gone. So too is the old Madison Square Garden and  Fulton Fish Market. Yet they live on in recordings in our collection. Listen to this bit of aural history: Why Are These Men Twisting a Fish?

It's POETRY MONTH  and we've pulled together a lot of archive material including Dylan Thomas, Connie Converse, Jack Kerouac, Philip Levine, Natasha Trethewey, Marianne Moore, Archibald MacLeish, Robert Pinsky, Robert Frost, Vladimir Nabokov and more! 

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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