NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 27, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 9
Edition # 647


1944: Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia talks about the new opera at City Center.

1955: Yehudi Menuhin hosts this edition of Speaking of Music.

1989: Cellist David Darling, Codona, and the Bill Evans Trio perform in this edition of New Sounds with John Schaefer.
WQXR Sponsors
A window display at 730 Fifth Avenue of WQXR sponsor products, circa 1938. Included are Jergens Lotion and Guildens Mustard, as well as tins of Martinson's, Savarin,and Maxwell House coffees. The faux microphone in the middle can be seen today in Laura Walker's office. (Photo courtesy of the Elliott M. Sanger Collection, Columbia University)

 More WNYC Trivia to Memorize
(In your copious spare time, of course)
December 1936: "The problem of adapting WNYC programs to the requirements of the listeners' psychology will be made from a scientific analysis of the mail response received by the Municipal Broadcasting Station." --Press Release from Commissioner Frederick Kracke, NYC Department of Plant & Structures.

October 1938: The Daily Worker calls WNYC, "the people's station" and says,  "It points the way to the breaking of the monopoly under which radio is staggering.  The day is not far off when other cities - and states- will follow the lead that has been set by New York, and establish radio stations that will work for the people.  Then and only then  will radio realize its true potentialities as an instrument of education, culture and freedom."

May 1948: A canvas of 3,000 radio homes in the New York metro area reveals that 5.6 percent were equipped with "frequency-modulation" receivers.  The survey asks  respondents which FM stations they listened to. WNYC-FM came in fourth place, behind WQXR, WCBS and WNBC, with just over 9 percent of the FM listenership.

July 1953: The FCC denies New York City's request to turn its street lights on and off through a special WNYC radio signal. The FCC said a special radio signal would "seriously hamper" operation of the national system for radio alerts in time of enemy air attack.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Charlton Heston and WQXR

"Actor Charlton Heston, noted for his portrayal of Biblical characters in motion pictures, will be heard over WQXR reading The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ from the New Testament on Easter Sunday, April 22, at 7:06 p.m. The impassioned words from the Bible will be illuminated by appropriate Negro spirituals."

Source: WQXR Press Release, April 9, 1962.
WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary last 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: Ralph Berton, the Man Behind Radio's First Serious Jazz Program.

It's Black History Month. New material has been added to our compilation, so get a jump on the past with some choice items from the collection at: BLACK HISTORY.

There will be a memorial for former WNYC host Steve Post on Friday, March 20th at Symphony Space (Sharp Theater) 2537 Broadway in Manhattan at 6 P.M.

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:1953.
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