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.