NYPR Archives & Preservation
May 27, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 22
Edition # 711

1952: James T. Farrell, the creator of Studs Lonigan, on what truly obsesses him: literature.

1965: Gunter Grass on American vagaries: boxing, dancing, and creating art, before the Overseas Press Club.

Noise Abatement Official James Thomas Flexner

Flexner was Secretary of the New York City Board of Health Noise Abatement Commission. On May 20, 1931, he delivered remarks over WNYC on what city residents could do about noise. Apparently was not happy about being at WNYC. And his red hair, well, that was a factor too. To find out why see: FLEXNER (Photo: James Thomas Flexner around the time he spoke over WNYC.Reprinted with permission from Fordham University Press).

'Flicking Your Radio Dial'
"With the flick of your radio dial you can get a wealth of up-to-the-minute help in planning family meals--and it's all free. Each morning, Monday through Friday, at 8:45 on station WNYC, the Department of Markets of the City of New York sponsors a 5-minute radio program designed to bring you the latest food information.

"At this time Mrs. Francis Foley Gannon, Director of Consumers' Service and Research Bureau, presents spot news from the wholesale fresh food markets. She also offer tips on selecting and preparing plentiful food and suggests economical family menus using these foods....

"On Tuesdays Mrs. Gannon's program begins at 8:40 A.M. and lasts for 10 minutes, enabling her to interview food and market specialists.  They discuss new food products, new cooking techniques and nutritional research, giving you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what is happening in the food world..."

Source: Excerpts from "Free Food Tips from N.Y. Dept. of Markets," Parents' Magazine & Family Home Guide, February 1958, pg. 22b

To hear some of Francis Foley Gannon's WNYC recipes for yummy stuff like grilled cheese and mustard sandwiches go to: WNYC FOOD.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the sixth episode of WQXR at 50. Host Bob Sherman dedicates the progam to WQXR's announcers. It includes reminiscences by announcer Bill Strauss and newsman Al Groby. Also lined-up for listening is Elliot Sanger on Rex Benware, one of WQXR's first announcers, and a weather report from March 1, 1937!
WNYC will celebrate its 92nd anniversary this July. Just think, about 8 short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions, broadcasts and milestones celebrating nearly a century on the air in the public interest. This week: When WNYC Was Just Seven - The 1931 Files!

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Cold War First Lady Nina Khrushcheva Sends a Message for World Peace.

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WNYC's Way Back series: JFK Cracks Jokes About Sweatshops While Dedicating One of Manhattan's Storied Co-Ops.

We bid a fond farewell this week to outgoing Nation Digital Stewardship Resident (NDSR) Mary Kidd. Mary has spent the last nine months surveying, analyzing and preparing a report and recommendations for us to improve our digital archiving. Thanks for being a fresh pair of eyes on the workflow and for all the constructive suggestions!

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