NYPR Archives & Preservation
August  23, 2013 - Volume 12  Issue 32
Edition # 570

1924: Sigmund Kempner performs on the xylophone.

1930: Nita Novi performs on the accordion.

1941: Coverage of the Metropolitan championship swimming finals and aquacade.

1957: Police Commissioner Kennedy responds briefly to a series of questions about receiving no additional funding to the NYPD, and speaks about juvenile crime and delinquency.

Artist in the City interviews Jason Crum and Alan D'Arcangelo on this edition of the Public Art Fund series

1990: Jennifer Preston, author of Queen Bess: The Bittersweet Life of Bess Myerson, talks with Leonard Lopate.

2002: Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Arts and Antiquities at the New York City Parks Department, and Laura Hansen, Co-Director for Place Matters, a project of City Lore and the Municipal Arts Society, tell the story of New York’s monumental WPA swimming pools on this edition of the Brian Lehrer Show.
  Breaking Ground for Triborough Bridge

Mayor James J. Walker in Astoria Park, Queens before a crowd of 10,000 on October 25, 1929.  The mayor told the assembled and those listening over WNYC, "I have no message to bring you but one of happiness...We see on every side evidences of the great wealth of our city. It is shown by our traffic congestion which, to put it mildly, causes great inconvenience..." Four days later the stock market crashed. (Photo: WNYC Archive Collections)


           WNYC at the 1939-40 World's Fair

"The Queens studios of the Municipal Broadcasting System will be located on the mezzanine of the New York City Building. Mr. Morris S. Novik, Station Manager of WNYC, in describing the layout, stressed its ultra-modern note and flexibility.

"WNYC will have two large studios, the third being for announcing and transcription. The large Master Control where all switching will be done, will be equipped with power light indicators, three loudspeakers and television receiver. The announcers' booth will provide a bird's-eye view of the vast auditorium where exhibits will be on display.

"A portable sound truck will make possible the recording of special effects and programs throughout the site for subsequent instantaneous reproduction as desired on the studios' transcription equipment. Broadcasts will also originate from the theatre in the New York City Building.

"The Queens studios will remain a permanent adjunct of the Municipal Broadcasting System after the conclusion of the Fair."

(Source: 1939 Radio Annual, pg. 64).
WNYC First day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924. 
Municipal Archives Collection.

American Mavericks From the Archives on Q2

WQXR & 1939 World's Fair

"Arrangements have been completed by the New York World's Fair of 1939 with Major Edwin H. Armstrong, inventor of the new static-less radio system, [FM] and with Mr. John V. L. Hogan, owner of Station WQXR, to present the inaugural program using the new wave from the Fair site, an impressive broadcast dedicating what promises to be a far-reaching technical advance . . .

"Not only has the Major and his engineering crew succeeded in dodging static but they give to radio a remarkable system of pure-toned broadcasting. So realistic is the music it seems that the listener is sitting amid the musicians."

(Source: Excerpt from the 1939 Radio Annual, pg. 64)

News & Notices:


WNYC's 90th year of broadcasting is upon us. (The actual anniversary is next July 8th.) In this space we'll be linking to various WNYC champions and milestones. This week: Isaac Brimberg: The Broadcast Pioneer Who Made It All Work

We've discovered the identity of the performers pictured in last week's History Notes at the second WNYC anniversary celebration in 1926. It was the Brooklyn-based Aida Brass Quartet featuring Olive Garvis on French horn, Cora Sauter on E-flat horn, Evelyn Young on second trumpet and Clara Haven on first trumpet.

The WNYC Facebook page has a station timeline (1922-present) with more than 603 milestones, photos, and links to audio. Scroll to: History Year By Year.

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

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Check out this week's Leonard Lopate Show Tributes to Marian McPartland and Elmore Leonard pulled from the archives.

In 1958 it was truly a mad, mad, MAN world for WQXR!

Check out the @mayorlaguardia Twitter feed straight from the WNYC broadcasts! His Honor now has 447 followers.

The WNYC Archives is on Twitter with 1,322 followers @wnycarchives.

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