NYPR Archives & Preservation
December 26, 2014 - Volume 13  Issue 50
Edition # 638


1956: Mayor Robert Wagner holds a year-end news conference. Topics include tuberculosis control, the fluoridation of drinking water and Robert Moses' suggestion that regional matters (such as anti-pollution laws and construction of the Brooklyn Athletic Center) should be dealt with at a state level.

2003: The Next Big Thing presents: Sound poet Tracie Morris finding what she calls the “Afrofuturistic” in everything from Star Trek episodes to nursery rhymes; author Joshua Wolf Shenk researching Abraham Lincoln’s melancholic side; and poet Jim Behrle tries being millionaire-for-a-day. Also, the unusual habits of pianist Glenn Gould, as elaborately imagined by writer John Haskell.
WNYC: At the Hub of Police Communications
Original caption: "The radio operator at Station WNYC with the equipment that is to be used to send alarms to cruising police cars and stations. This could have helped prevent the deaths from the shootout in the Bronx yesterday. New York, New York: c.1928" (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)



"For some time the New York Police Department has been employing the municipal broadcasting station WNYC to broadcast descriptions of missing persons and other features of police work in which it is desired to enlist the cooperation of the public. The success of this program has been such that the Police Department wished to equip the precinct houses and police booths located  in various parts of the city with receiving sets with which they could listen in on communications from the headquarters station WNYC. The fundamental requirement was signaling apparatus incorporated in the receiving sets which would attract the attention of the attendant at the proper times. The system which was finally developed by the engineers of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., in cooperation with the New York Police Department is an excellent illustration of the adaptability of wire practices to the radio field..."

Source: Anderson, S.E., "Radio Signaling System for the New York Police Department," The Bell System Technical Journal, October, 1926, pg. 529.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

  WQXR - 'Long Reads' from WWII


Horowitz Recital
In 1951, WQXR gave the first ever radio broadcast of a Carnegie Hall recital by the piano giant Vladimir Horowitz. It was a sold-out concert, with stage seating added to accommodate a few additional fans. The announcer rightly notes that this was broadcast on the "rural radio FM network" and "Mr. Horowitz’s performance renders a great service to the public. Listen!
WNYC celebrated its 90th anniversary this 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: The Activist Tom Mooney, on Death Row, Is Pardoned.

Christmas Day at Bowery Mission, circa 1960.

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:1944.
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