NYPR Archives & Preservation
July 5, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 27
Edition # 565

1945: Edward Hastings 'Senator Ford' reads the daily newspaper comic strips by invitation of Mayor La Guardia during the newspaper deliverymen's strike on The Comic Parade.

: Harold Braverman, Director of National Discrimination Department of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith, on this edition of Campus Press Conference.  Braverman explains the three phrases a job posting will have if an employer wants to select based on race: "American citizen" for no Puerto Ricans; "must play saxophone" for no Jews, and "red book" to mean no African Americans.

1962: President John F. Kennedy holds press conference on tax cuts for 1963 and relations with the Soviet Union.

1979: Phillip Lopate discusses his novel Confessions of Summer on The Reader's Almanac with Walter James Miller.
      WNYC's Reporter on the Afterlife

This is a is a limited edition (1,500 copies) of Kurt Vonnegut's 1998 series of reports on the afterlife broadcast by WNYC.  For the whole story and to listen in see: VONNEGUT.


Radio's First* Record Review Program on WNYC

Peter Hugh Reed (1892-1969) pioneered record criticism hosting Around the Disc,  a record review program on WNYC. According to The New York Times radio listings, the show aired weekly from Aprll, 1929 to February, 1931. [1]  In a 1974 interview, WNYC's first 'Music Supervisor' Herman Neuman recalled Reed requesting the show and his putting him on the air. [2]  In May, 1935 the record critic and discographer founded The American Music Lover, a monthly magazine that for many years was the only periodical dedicated to 'serious' commercial recordings. In 1944 Reed changed the name to The American Record Guide and remained its editor and publisher until retiring in 1957.

[*] "Peter Hugh Reed, Record Critic, 77,' The New York Times, September 26, 1969, pg. 47. [Obituary]

[1] Radio Listings, The New York Times, April 1929 - February 1931.

[2] Dembart, Lee, "Voices From the Past Help WNYC Mark 50th Year," The New York Times, July 9. 1974, pg. 78.
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

American Mavericks From the Archives on Q2

   WQXR Sets the Tone

"All evening the radio had been playing. Now, as we remained still, listening to the voice of the rising wind and the beating of our hearts, the WQXR announcer's deadly familiar voice broke in on us: 'Next we are to hear Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla.'

"Pauline reached out to turn it off. 'We don't need it. We've had our own nights in the gardens of Brooklyn, for a whole year.' She touched my lips with her fingers..."

Source: Harvey Swados writing in Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn, Atlantic-Little Brown Books,1960, pg. 37.

News & Notices:

In three days, July 8, WNYC will mark it's 89th birthday!  As we move forward into our 90th year of broadcasting the NYPR Archives will continue to digitize and showcase our WNYC collections on the web, in social media and through this newsletter. It never ceases to amaze us what new (old) material continues to come back to us through other institutional collections, former producers, Ebay and the like. So, stay turned!

The NYPR History Notes will be on vacation for the next two weeks.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 593 milestones, photos, and links to audio. (Right hand column)

We're also working on the WQXR Facebook timeline. (1929 - present)

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