NYPR Archives & Preservation
April 10, 2015 - Volume 14  Issue 15
Edition # 653


1926: Governor Alfred E. Smith speaks to the De Witt Clinton Dinner held at the Plaza Hotel.

1938: Mayor La Guardia and Admiral Clark Woodward inaugurate WNYC's re-transmission of radio time signals from the Naval Observatory in Arlington, VA.

1945: City Council President Newbold Morris stands in for Mayor La Guardia receiving a joint Peabody Award with WNYC.

1951: Arthur W. Wallander, city director of civil defense, and Col. Sidney H. Bingham, chairman of the city's board of transportation, discuss evacuation in the event of an atomic attack.

1969: Ruth Bowman interviews ARTnews editor Thomas Hess about Willem de Kooning's exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for this edition of Views on Art.
WNYC Director Seymour N. Siegel's pipe tray. Except for time in the Navy during WWII, Siegel was at WNYC from 1934 to 1971.  (Marc Siegel Collection)

A Few Notable Tributes

June 21, 1954: The New York Times reported that the Goldman Band would premiere the ' WNYC March'  on July 9th in Central Park to mark the station's 30 years of broadcasting.  The work was scored for brass instruments and drums. The composer, Dr. Edwin Franko Goldman, said it was written  "as a tribute to WNYC for the fine work it has been doing." 
December 17, 1941
: Variety's Citations for Advancing the Art of Radio had this to say about WNYC: "...That an atmosphere of zip and enterprise proceeds from WNYC is doubtless, due to the refereshing philosophy of the management...the station has proceeded to operate with a flair for showmanship that many a commercial station might well envy.  Lacking is the usual red tape.  Not in evidence, the pompous stuffiness.  WNYC doesn't subscribe to membership in the 'give 'em culture even if it kills 'em' school...In a specialized field, WNYC has recognized the limitations of that field and its facilities without admitting any limitations to its opportunities to amuse, interest and inform its listeners..."
July 27, 1987: New York Magazine lauds Tim Page's program New, Old, and Unexpected: "One recent program I recall as being especially powerful, courageous, and moving was devoted to musicians who have died from AIDS.  There was nothing morbid or sensational about the program, just two hours of good music.  As in other fields, AIDS has had a devastating effect on the classical music community, and this poignant statement, made in purely musical terms, was one that both Page and WNYC can be proud of."

All the News That's Fit to Flash: The voices behind the Times zipper circa, 1960. _________________________________________

Mad Men and the End of Cigarette Advertising

Are you a smooth talker? Up on current events? Knowledgeable about music?  Got a mindset like it's 1948 all over again? Then maybe, just maybe, you could be a WNYC announcer. Take the original 1948 test and find out: ANNOUNCER TEST.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8th, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)


"Radio generally has done much to increase and uplift musical appreciation in this country. But no station anywhere has devoted more time or more intelligence  to the presentation of good music than has WQXR. All types of the best in music--instrumental, chamber, solo, opera, and symphonic--have been brought to half a million families in New York alone, plus homes in 14 other states and Canada.  And the performing artists have been a veritable 'Who's Who' in the world of music.

"Prominent in 1949's offerings was the 'Our Musical Heritage' series.  In recognition not merely of this and other programs, but primarily to single out and honor the station for its overall contribution to musical appreciation and good music, the George Foster Peabody Award for outstanding entertainment in music goes to WQXR of New York City."

Source: George Foster Peabody citation to WQXR, May 12, 1950 accompanying the Institutional Award for Entertainment in Music (1949). This was the 2nd of WQXR's six Peabody Awards. WQXR won a Peabody citation the first year they were offered in 1940 (Institutional Award for High Standards of Musical Progress).

WQXR's other Peabody awards were given for the years 1951 (New York Times Youth Forum), 1960 (Music Spectaculars), 1962 (Institutional Award for Radio News), and 1968 (Steinway Hall).
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: WNYC Broadcasts From One of the First Anti-Nazi Rallies Held in the U.S.

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

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:1962.
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