NYPR Archives & Preservation
September 16, 2016 - Volume 15  Issue 38
Edition # 727

1955: Media critic Gilbert Seldes describes how U.S. Ambassador Clare Booth Luce ordered the withdrawl of The Blackboard Jungle from the Venice Film Festival. He dismisses the argument that the film should not be shown internationally because 'foreigners will not understand the circumstances presented in the film.'

1964: The King and Queen of Sikkim talk about their country - history, location, and economic and political conditions, as well as social aspects and the search for national identity.
April 3, 1925
The New York Evening Telegraph and Mail reports: "George Kruck Cherrie, an explorer of international repute and high standing in scientific circles, will tell some of his interesting experiences from WNYC...Mr. Cherrie accompanied the late Colonel Theodore Roosevelt on his long trip through South American jungles at the time they discovered the 'River of Doubt'. His stories will have color and authority." (Photo courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History Library).
Early Amateur Hour
 August 23, 1924

"Amateurs performed recently for Herman Neuman, Music Director at WNYC, municipal Radiocasting station in the Municipal Building. The real find of the afternoon was Helen Bourne, a young Baltimore girl who has come to this city in the hope of getting an engagement in light opera. Mr. Neuman declared it was a treat to have a voice of quality and splendid diction, poise and musicianship appear out of the blue. The youngest novice was a three-foot 11-year-old urchin who wanted to be Carried 'Way Down South. He had a voice six times as strong as himself.

"Then came Helen Fitzgerald, 13, who sang about Mother Machree. You can never tell from their looks what the artists will turn out to be. A man came in who gave the effect of a bookkeeper in need of a haircut, but he sang sea songs like a Viking. Then there was the stubby Italian with two-toned shoes who worked in a boiler room but desired to sing opera arias."

Source: Radio Digest Illustrated, August 23, 1924, pg. 5.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

December 3, 2016 will be WQXR's 80th anniversary. Listen to the twenty-second episode of WQXR at 50.  Bob Sherman interviews WQXR host George Jellinek, who discusses his tenure at the station, where he began the well-known program The Vocal Scene.

Sherman plays an excerpt from Music in Review as well as an interview with Victoria de Los Angeles. At the end of the program, Sherman replays excerpts from a Jellinek program, FDR Remembered.

The late great George Jellinek.


In case you missed last week's History Notes on Warren Bower, we've a new posting on him  Warren Bower: Radio's 'Book Dean'
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary in July. Just think, less than 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: Raymond Asserson, Sr., The Man Who Built WNYC in 1924: Speaking Truth to Power

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