NYPR Archives & Preservation
October 17, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 40
Edition # 628


1934: Congressional hearings into un-American activities, focusing on Nazi propaganda and associated campaigns in New York City. The inquiry was led by representatives Samuel Dickstein (NY) and John McCormick (MA) at the Bar Association Building. There's an effort to sabotage the broadcast! See link.

1966: Novelist Rebecca West addresses The New York Herald-Tribune Book and Authors Luncheon. She's not a happy camper.
From the Broadcasting Reliquary
This hand-lettered window was salvaged along with our Library and Master Control door windows from Centre Street. While there were major studio renovations under the WPA in 1937, we believe that the door once holding this glass was the original shop door dating from 1924. We will be giving it a sturdy plexiglass case for display. (WNYC Archive Collections)


Long before America's Most Wanted, WNYC Broadcast 'Police Alarm,'

"The mission of WNYC is not always entertainment or instruction. It has a grim purpose in part. Every night at 7:30 and 10:30 a man in a blue coat and prominent brass buttons sits down at the microphone. 'WNYC broadcast,' he says, 'for the New York Police Department. General alarm for Harry Martin, age 30, 5 ft. 6 in. tall, weight about 140 pounds. Dark face with bold features and frowning eyes. Has a slight limp. Dangerous man. Escaped from Welfare Island early today. Believed traveling west.' The listener rather catches his breath at such use of radio. It is an eerie thing--this pursuit of a man by air...A surprising number of these are apprehended...In a number of cases radio has made it possible promptly to broadcast descriptions of dangerous persons, with the result that their arrest soon followed. No quicker method is known to criminal procedure, and it has the power of drama as well."

Source: James C. Young writing in Radio Broadcast magazine, January, 1925.
With sadness we note the passing of WNYC overnight host Stan David (Stan Distenfeld). For 37 years from the 60s into the 90s, Stan introduced the classics and was the regular voice of While the City Sleeps.

We also note the passing of Deborah Arkus, a friend of the archives, who was extremely generous over the years with her donations of her late husband Al Arkus' broadcast discs, tapes, papers and photographs. You can read more about Al's tenure at WNYC at: Al Arkus - The Music Maestro.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII

WQXR Experiments With Stereo

"…New York City radio station WQXR-WQXR-FM recently revived stereophonic broadcast experiments as a special feature of the 1952 Audio Fair… Equipped, as its call letters indicate, with both AM and FM broadcasting, the station channeled the output of one microphone into its AM band and the other into FM. Listener reaction was tremendous. There was only one complaint. Many listeners reported that superior FM reception tended to shade the AM pickup…"

"Radio Adds Third Dimension" by Harry B. Comstock, Popular Science, January 1953, p. 106


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: Shirley Zak Hayes: WNYC's First Woman Staff Announcer.

Last week we had the wrong link on our blog piece about 60s computers talking to contemporary computers. Corrected: Siri Meets Grandpa.

Recently found: Ring Around the Rosey: A Tony Schwartz Investigation.

Thanks to Steve Sullivan for bringing by more reels of his WQXR interviews with notable folks from the past!


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:1934.
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